This documentary explores the problem of police dismissing the case of missing Black children as simply a “runaway.” It is important to understand why police don’t call out these children as missing until they find their bodies. The cases of Phylicia Barnes, Libby Squire, Elizabeth Smart, and Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney are just some of the many cases of missing children in America.
The case of Phylicia Barnes, a black teenager who was last seen alive one year ago, is one of the most widely publicized missing black children cases in the country. The teen, a student at an honors school in North Carolina, was accepted to college, never had any unusual arguments with her family, and was last seen at her half-sister’s apartment. Despite the prosecutors’ best efforts, they were not able to prove their theory.
The search for the girl involved the assistance of a prominent attorney in Baltimore, Don L. Rondeau. The child, missing for almost four months, was found near the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. Her body showed no signs of trauma or abuse. Her cell phone went to voice mail, and her ATM card wasn’t used. No one has been charged in her death. Barnes’ disappearance was called “the Baltimore’s Natalee Holloway case,” and her story caught national attention.
Phylicia Barnes, a teenager from Monroe, North Carolina, had been visiting her half sister Deena Barnes in Baltimore for the holidays in 2010. The two met on Facebook and reunited three years ago. But, the mother of Phylicia Barnes went to work in the city and Phylicia slept on the couch. Her half-sister left the apartment to work. Her boyfriend, Bryan Barnes, stayed behind with his brother.
The case of Phylicia Barnes, a black girl who was last seen in Baltimore, received little attention in the early days. However, after she became public, Sallis was able to get more attention and even set up a missing persons billboard in her hometown. Eventually, the FBI was contacted and the search for Phylicia Barnes intensified. It is important to give these cases the same attention and coverage they receive from mainstream news.
The case of Phylicia Barnes has become one of the most publicized and twisted stories in the history of black children in America. Despite the huge number of black children in the U.S., it has been deemed an extremely complicated one. Although Baltimore police and the FBI haven’t found the killer in the case, they have found the bodies of two girls near the Susquehanna River. A dental check identified the 16-year-old Barnes. Fingerprint records of the other victims are assisting police in identifying them.
In January 2019, Pawel Relowicz was found guilty of raping and murdering Libby Squire. She was just 21 years old when she was found dead in the Humber Estuary. The murderer was a former butcher and prowler. He had previously raped another black child, a teenager. Police say the crime was committed for easy sex.
Despite his plea to not guilty, Pawel Relowicz is still facing trial for five unrelated charges. The charges against him include voyeurism, outraging public decency and three burglaries. Relowicz is still in custody, but investigators are calling for the public’s help in finding Libby Squire. The missing student is a bright young woman who has been missing for a week.
When Libby Squire disappeared, police began their search for her in a small town near Hull. Humberside Police had released images of the clothing she wore when she disappeared. Specifically, they released pictures of a black leather jacket, a denim skirt, and Vans Old Skool trainers. Humberside Police shared CCTV footage showing Libby Squire wearing a similar outfit.
During the police investigation, they found that the defendant had a history of sexually motivated burglaries and outraging public decency. The investigation revealed that Libby’s friends let her stay in their house. However, after she was left alone at their home, she did not return. Despite the cold and darkness, Libby was afraid of water and the dark, and her mother believed she was self-harming. Libby Squire was over two and a half times the legal limit when she died. A toxicology test revealed that she was over the drink-drive limit when she died. Her family and friends did not suspect her of taking her life, but the results of her medical records have shown that she struggled with depression and anxiety.
While Relowicz is expected to be sentenced on February 12 at the same court as Relowicz, he has been accused of robbing a young woman of her future. He has also fabricated a web of lies to explain his crimes. Relowicz had falsely claimed he was trying to help Libby find her way home. He abused a vulnerable young woman and raped her.
After disappearing from her classroom at eighteen, Elizabeth Smart has become an advocate for kidnapping survivors. She has appeared on television and been a prominent speaker and public figure, and she helped write a handbook for the United States Department of Justice about kidnapping survivors. Her case was so tragic that her family has offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. But Smart has no idea when she will share her story with her kids.
Several years after Elizabeth Smart’s disappearance, her family began to suspect the worst and begin a search for the missing girl. They searched for her on the Internet, but did not find her. After a month, the family decided to contact the FBI. The FBI was concerned about a family member, but they had given up hope. In October of 2002, Mary Katherine came forward with startling information about Elizabeth Smart’s disappearance.
Eventually, Elizabeth Smart moved to Paris for a missionary trip. She later moved back to the U.S. to testify against Mitchell. While she was in Paris, Elizabeth met fellow missionary Matthew Gilmour. They married in Hawaii in 2012, and they have two children. Elizabeth Smart has also established her own foundation called the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to help other kids who have suffered the same fate. Besides her work as a speaker, Elizabeth Smart has become a special correspondent for ABC News.
Mitchell and Barzee pleaded guilty to kidnap Elizabeth Smart. Mitchell was sentenced to life in prison, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, was sentenced to 15 years. The parents of Elizabeth Smart are now at trial for their crimes. They are being charged with kidnapping and are trying to prevent a similar case from happening again. It is difficult to believe that Mitchell would be convicted of kidnapping a black child, but it is still worth remembering that this is the case.
After her parents finally convicted Mitchell, Smart was able to make a full confession to his crime. Mitchell asked Smart why she was doing this and she said that she would take her clothes off and cover her mouth with duct tape. Smart was not pregnant when Mitchell raped her, but she was unable to wait for her period. She then told her mother that she was not pregnant. Later, she went to a private school to meet the popular girl at school.
Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney
The missing children in America of color have a story that is a little less than perfect. One such story is the case of 3-year-old Cupcake McKinney. Cupcake was abducted from her birthday party on Oct. 12, and was later found by her father in a landfill 17 miles away. The family’s story captured the hearts of Birmingham, where Cupcake lives. There were even Purple ribbons posted throughout the city.
Police have named Patrick Stallworth and Derick Brown as suspects in the case. The two have been charged with kidnapping and murder. The pair had been accused of snatching the toddler from an outdoor birthday party in Birmingham, Alabama. Kamille’s body was found in a dumpster 10 days after her abduction. The men who abducted her were arrested, but the investigation continues.
While Cupcake’s case was notable, the case of many other missing black children in America has largely gone unnoticed by the media. The underrepresentation of these victims in the news media makes it difficult to spread the word about missing black children. Unfortunately, this situation is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that all people are equal before the law.
Stallworth and Brown were arrested in connection to the abduction on Oct. 14. The two were questioned about the child and were arrested. Brown posted bond and remains in jail Tuesday. Derick Irisha Brown’s arrest was the final piece of the puzzle, but he still faces charges related to the missing girl. Despite the charges against him, the local attorney offered an unusual reward for finding Cupcake.
The police uncovered evidence and gathered DNA from the girl, which will be crucial in solving the case. Kamille is just 3 feet tall and 60 pounds. She was last seen in a pink T-shirt with a leopard print. Her family and police are pleading for her safe return. A public search for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney has lasted since Saturday night.