As a parent I am always saddened by stories of missing children, like that of 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan, the little girl who vanished in the parking lot of the apartment complex she shared with her custodial grandmother and birth mother. In some cases of abducted children, the perpetrators went to great lengths to kidnap the victims from vigilant parents.
Then there are idiots like Jennifer Buchanan, the dimwitted biological mother of Nevaeh. Ms. Buchanan just finished serving a two-year sentence for felony home invasion, being released in January. Ms. Buchanan also found convicted sexual offender George Kennedy to be an acceptable friend to bring around the house, despite the fact that his supervision conditions for parole leave no doubt that this creep should never be near children. Both Kennedy and Buchanan failed parts of their polygraph tests, though for people who have spent significant portions of their lives at odds with the law, this should be no surprise.
As I watch the news videos and read the stories, it seems as if Nevaeh Buchanan was surrounded all her life by incompetent adults. Her birth father was 17 years old when Nevaeh was born, and he admits that he has not seen his daughter in over three years because "because me and her mom had issues going on." Some accounts indicate that Monroe County denied Shane Hinojosa visitation rights, but even if these accounts are misleading, Hinojosa certainly failed to be the father Nevaeh needed.
But hey: what does a 17-year-old kid know about being a parent, right?
There is, of course, Nevaeh's grandmother, who seems to be about the only sensible family member in this ensemble cast of poor role models. Unfortunately for Nevaeh, grandmother Sherry Buchanan could not be all places at all times, and she made the mistake of thinking that the birth mother could be trusted for a few hours to supervise her own child.
Much has already been written about the parental inetptness of Jennifer Buchanan, and there is little I can add. I am torn between condemning her as an outrageously incompetent parent and simply shaking my head at the injustice of a person this stupid being fertile.
I pray that Nevaeh Buchanan will find her way home, but I fear the worst after 48 hours have passed. May she find peace, regardless of the outcome, and may God see fit to never again let any of this posse of feeble-minded dolts find themselves in the role of "parent."