Wednesday, March 14, 2007

NCMEC Says The Media Saves Abducted Infants

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Since 1983, there have been 248 infant abductions, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). This number includes abductions by non-family members from healthcare facilities, private homes, and other places.

Of that number, 121 abductions, or 49 percent, were from healthcare facilities. Within healthcare facilities, 56 percent are taken from the mother's room, 14 percent are taken from the nursery, 14 percent are taken from pediatrics, and 16 percent from elsewhere in the facility. Texas and California have had the largest number of infant abductions with 33 abductions each (a breakdown by state is listed below).

Any time a child is abducted, there is an immediacy to getting as many people looking for the child and/or the abductor as possible. We know the first hours are the most important in locating a missing infant and facilitating safe return. The news media plays a critical role in working with law enforcement anytime an abduction takes place.

"In the past 24 years, 95 percent of abducted infants and newborns have been recovered safely," said Ernie Allen, President & CEO of NCMEC. "Overwhelmingly, that success has been because of the power of the media to mobilize the eyes and ears of the public."

The release listed one abdunction in Nevada. For more information, visit Missing Kids

According to U.S. Department of Justice research, nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States, more than 2,000 every day. Of the total number of missing children, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members.

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