Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Baby Grace: A dead girl, score of tips, no answers

It's a sad statistic: At least two dozen little girls match the description of Baby Grace, the unidentified toddler found in a plastic box on an island in Galveston Bay last week. They come from homes all over America and one of them might be her.

Even sadder, none of them might be her. She might be a child whose absence was never noticed by family and friends. Her disappearance might have fallen through bureaucratic cracks at some cop shop. Or her disappearance might be a monstrous parent's handiwork. Might she be from Southeast Texas? We are surrounded by wicked possibilities.

It's been suggested that she might be little Madeline McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who disappeared from her parents' hotel in Portugal last May. Galveston investigators are fairly certain it isn't her ... but they have so few clues so far that they won't rule it out either. That's not a sign of incompetence, but a reflection of the fog that surrounds such a grotesque and inhumane act.

Without a big break, it will be a slow, frustrating, arduous process. For now, we can only hope that whoever set this little dead girl adrift on a sea in a plastic storage bin will be found and removed from civil society.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office at 409-766-2222, the agency’s tip line at 866-248-8477 or any Crime Stoppers organization.


Ivy said...

it really is horrible..

Jill said...

One can only hope that a tip, or clue will finally identify her. How can a loving parent not want to know where a child is. Of course maybe that is the answer. No loving parent would allow a child to disappear and not care.

balancing act said...

This is truly a horrible story no matter what the ending. I hope for the parents sake and the memorial of the child that they can identify her. If the parents had ANYTHING to do with it, they should be put in a plastic box hemselves and sent adrift. Someone must know something. I would find it hard to believe that a toddler has the capacity to do this all herself. Sounds like a Law and Order episode.

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