Preteen Sisters Accused in Kidnapping

United States
July 7, 2007 5:26am CST
I noticed in this article there is no mention of what type of punishment is being given to these girls. I find it rather shocking for such young children to be capable of such a crime. Is it the the parent's fault? Lack of supervision, too much TV, too much freedom, how were 2 children able to be out of their homes at 5,:30am? What do you think? What punishment would help them "learn from their mistakes"? ENID, Okla. (AP) - Detectives arrested a 12-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister for allegedly abducting their neighbor's 1-year-old son and demanding $200,000 for his return. Brandon Wells was safe back at home Thursday night, hours after intruders broke into his family's residence and took him while his mother slept, police said. The siblings, who were not identified because of their ages, are accused of sneaking into Sheila Wells' home at about 5:30 a.m., taking her son Brandon and leaving a ransom note. "If you want to see your son again then you won't call police and report him missing and you will leave $200,000 on the sofa tonight and we will return your son back safe," the note read, according to police. The note was signed, "the kidnappers." The plan began to unravel when the girls' mother saw them with the child, police said. They told their mother they had found the boy on the corner, police said. As girls' mother tried to find Sheila Wells' telephone number, the 12-year-old returned to Wells' residence and told her it was the younger sister who was responsible for the abduction, police Capt. Dean Grassino said. Wells immediately retrieved her child from the girls' home and police were called, Grassino said. Wells said she knew the girls and had banned the 10-year-old girl from her home a few weeks ago, but did not say why. The girls appeared in Garfield County District Court on Thursday afternoon and were taken to Community Intervention Center for juveniles. They have not been formally charged. "I know they're so young, but they need to learn from their mistakes," Wells said. http://story.news.ask.com//article/20070707/D8Q7KHKO0.html
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@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
7 Jul 07
The explination is simple, Bad seed. They certainly do need to learn from thier misteakes, next time they need a place to stash the kid till they get thier money. What were these little future pole dancers going to do with all that money, set it aside for college. Somebody needs to introduce these two brain waves to mylot.
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@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Your sorry? what have you got to be sorry about? You might want to follow in your friends foot steps, then you also might become educated. Rubbing your private parts up against a metal pole does not really classify as dancing. Brains does not have much to do with this sort of entertainment, I think it might fall under lack of integrity and self respect. Here is an idea, after your first night of poll dancing take a couple of twenties out from under your g string and buy a dictionary and study proper word usage. Why am I not surprised you did not understand anything I said.
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@lisado (1230)
• United States
8 Jul 07
What is your problem? I am educated, thank you very much. I'm not a dancer and never said that I was. Why do you feel the need to attack someone verbally for not agreeing with you? These girls need discipline and help, not someone giving them tips on how to kidnap someone's kid, or wild assumptions about their brain power. By the way, before you start telling me that I need to learn proper word usage go back and read your post. "Brains does not have much to do with this sort of entertainment" is not proper grammar.
@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Do you actually believe this story about two preteen girls trying to execute a kidnapping of a two year old child. Then demanding 200,000.00$. Let me give you my senario. Some hill billy trailer trash folks got into a name calling shouting match and somebody called the police. They hauled them all down to the station and some reporter who was bored and needed a story and started getting creative. I have been party to this sort of thing several times. I long ago quit paying attention to any thing I read in the newspaper. Have you noticed how many people have passed judgment and are ready to string them up. This is how papers like the national enquirer make thier money. I am sure you are educated, after all you said you are. I am not, which you have pointed out. Since you have honored me with your advice and wisdom, let me pass along some to you. Quit getting so pissy about things that don't really matter. Take off your serious hat and hang it on a hook. Start looking at how silly people get about things they know nothing about. Do you think people really care about who did what. A full blown case of humorless tunnel vision will put a person in an early grave.
@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
7 Jul 07
it is sad but I do believe that I started this same discussion with the same words in it 15 hours ago. thanks!
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• United States
8 Jul 07
What is sad? That children could do such a thing or I that I posted the same topic. Your words are not the same as mine. Your tags were different. As the article was not written by you did you forget to post the link? Your discussion could be deleted for copyright infringement.
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
8 Jul 07
well for one it is not copied because I had to type it word for word because it was from my home town newpaper not off the internet and I do believe that I stated that is where it came from. I never once said that it was my work and I dont copy and paste stuff that is why there was no link for it. and I was not trying to say that you copied my discussion but that I had just done the some thing. maybe you should check other discussion before you start one. I was not saying anything bad about your. so dont get your fethers ruffled.
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
10 Jul 07
Ok, Let me clear this up. I love you both, I didnt mean anything bad, let me refraze my post, It is sad about these girls and now what they have to deal with. And for the rest. I was stating that I did the same kind of discussion earlyer and I am not that good yet of where to look for things like this to get a link. and for the thanks, I was just thanking her for having all of the story so that I was able to read all of what and why the girls did this. I am sorry if my words are all botched up it has been a long weekend and have alot on my mind, My boyfriend has to go to court in about two hours today and there is a chance that he will be going to jail for 6 months and some of my posts might sound stupid right now. I was not calling her a cheater and I did give her a + for this discussion. Again I am sorry for it sounding that way. Hugs to you both.
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@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Why do they call a crime "a mistake"? That burns me up. But that's another subject. The girls should be left in juvenile detention until a trial. By that time there should be some sense of how the girls are reacting to the consequences. The parents should be charged with neglect or child endangering for not knowing where their children were at 5:30 a.m. The whole family should be mandated to participate in family counseling and community service. But we have to quit calling crimes that put others at risk "mistakes". A mistake is when you take a left turn instead of a right turn. Not when you think "I want/need money and I will take it from someone else, no matter who it harms."
• United States
8 Jul 07
Great response thanks.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
7 Jul 07
Oh LORD!!!! What in the hell were these kids doing running around in the neighborhood at 5:30 AM???? How in the world did they get into the home??? That right there says it a parental problem. I do think these two girls need serious counseling first and fore most. What if they decided to just kill the baby for the fun of it or got too scared and wanted to hide it? OMG this is so eat up!
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I would like to know why the boys mom had told the 10 year old not to come back! and How could she sleep that soundly for someone to comein and steal the baby? We have monitors in all the rooms of our house not a move is made in babys room that one of us dont hear her. Kids find away to get out of the house no matter what time it is and parents never know it ,I climbed out of my bedroom window alot of times but then I just stayed in my yard with my boyfriend lol This just seems to unreal to beleive these young girls doing this.Maybe they are watching to much tv unchecked at what they are watching. And what kind of punishment can they give these girls to match this crime? They need a good whooping plus what ever the judge dicides.
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@kitty1234 (1476)
• United States
7 Jul 07
This is so strange, children commiting crimes, the world has changed so much! Thank goodness the infant was not injured,,,,and it sounds like the girls didn't really have a plan but a stupid idea. Punishment needs to be appropriate but not tried as adults. Hopefully, everyone can put this behind them and go on with life.
• Canada
8 Jul 07
That is sad and unbelieveable!! I don't know what would posess someone to do something like that. I can't believe some people. I wonder where those children came from, and how they were raised, to come up with such an idea as that.
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@mummymo (23707)
7 Jul 07
This kind of situation is not an isolated one honey - in fact it is not the worst here in the uk this happened to a little boy called Jamie Bulger but the 2 children who took him were not looking for a ransom - they killed him after torturing him first! I don't know why children can do something like this or what we can do about it but I do believe they need extensive Psychiatric treatment! here is a link but there are plenty of other sites with information on the 2 ten year olds who commited this awful crime! xxx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Bulger
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@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
11 Jul 07
To quote you:" Lack of supervision, too much TV, too much freedom,...." in my book, it's all of the above. Without knowing the people involved it's hard to comment. I think children today have too much of what they want and not enough time is spent with them. They have no discipline, no limits or boundaries. Family values are changing. Who knows what punishment would fit these children. They may already be inured to the difference between right and wrong. It's sad, but that's the way of the world for some.
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• United States
11 Jul 07
You are so right it is sad but true.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
9 Jul 07
How would they come up with such a plot. It amazes me. I would have never thought of doing anything to really hurt anyone at that age. It is so sad. I hope they get what they deserve.
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• United States
7 Jul 07
That is so terrible it is almost obscene. These children need to be punished. The parents are obviously not aware of what they are doing, and I wonder about the fact that the younger one had been banned from the home of the neighbor. What had she done and had the neighbor spoken to the mother or spoken to child services if it was serious. There is facts missing in this picture, but the children do need to be punished maybe sent to a detention home of foster home for a while.