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Missing Toddler

The desperate search for a missing toddler will continue first thing in the morning in Fort Fairfield. Wardens tell News 13 three year old Alexandra Wright wandered out of her home around noon on Wednesday. Wardens say they found one of her boots on the banks of the Aroostook River nearby. A helicopter with special heat detection equipment was used in the search Wednesday night. Dive teams are expected to go into the river on Thursday morning.

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I received the IF&W press release on this last night or the day before. It's a heartbreaking story, but there was nothing anyone could do. It wasn't a missing story where, for example, people could volunteer to search the woods. So I chose not to post it, thinking there's no point publicizing one more sad story about which no one can do anything.

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What a crying shame. The news report said the mother only left the room for a moment, and when she came back, the sliding glass door was open, and the little girl was gone.
:(

Anonymous
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Same here Scott ~ One can only pray and keep our eyes out.

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[b]DHHS takes sibling as search continues for missing toddler[/b]
By Rachel Rice
Saturday, April 28, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

PRESQUE ISLE - The Aroostook River gave up no secrets Friday as crews wrapped up their third day of searching for a missing 3-year-old.

Police believe Alexandria Lynn Winship-Wright may have drowned in the fast-moving river after wandering away from home Wednesday afternoon, but they’re not sure.

[url=http://www.bangornews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=149257&zoneid=500]s...

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[quote][b]At 2 a.m.[/b] Friday, four law enforcement officers and two Department of Health and Human Services workers arrived at 21-year-old Mandy Wright’s Main Street apartment,[/quote]

2 am? I'm not second guessing the decision to remove the child, but 2 am?

Al

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[i]Hold the duct tape please.[/i]

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[quote="Al Greenlaw"][quote][b]At 2 a.m.[/b] Friday, four law enforcement officers and two Department of Health and Human Services workers arrived at 21-year-old Mandy Wright’s Main Street apartment,[/quote]

2 am? I'm not second guessing the decision to remove the child, but 2 am?

Al[/quote]

Be glad you've never witnessed an older child, say about 5 or 6,
being removed from his bedroom on a Friday night
by uniformed strangers with Mom screaming.
Child abuse.

Tom C
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Very sad story.

From the article:

[quote]... the mother had her two other children — ages 5 and 1 — taken away from her...

... Allie had wandered from home[b] before[/b]. Police confirmed that the little girl had left the apartment last week and was found, unattended, more than 500 yards away. An off-duty police officer happened to find her and drove her home.[/quote]

I'd guess you'll find drugs and alcohol involved.

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Memo to parents:

If one of your children ever has a mishap, send your other kids to your relatives out of state or you might not get to see them again. Do it NOW. Don't wait until the morning because there could be a knock on the door at 2 AM.

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I would defem\nd my childrem with FORCE, I have witnessed first hand the mistakes DHHS has made, they are a inept program.

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Wait a minute. This little kid wandered off more than 500 yards just a week ago and the mother isn't locking all doors??? Then I read that her other children have been taken from her. There is obviously a history here and we still have yet to hear of a husband or father's name for all four of these children?!!!! I think that in this situation the state has to look out for the safetly of the last little one in that chaotic household.

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From the article: Police confirmed that the little girl had left the apartment last week and was found, unattended, more than 500 yards away. An off-duty police officer happened to find her and drove her home.

OK, less than a week ago this little girl was found 1,500 feet away! Obviously this 21 year old mother with a five year old, three year old and infant is not capable of taking care of her kids. I don't care if it is 2 AM or 2 PM, the kids have to be taken away!

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And for every kid that DHHS steals, the federal government comes up with the cash to pay for it don't they? ( pssst, remember. DHHS is short of money folks.)

In all fairness, I hope they made the right call.

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A kid wanders away from her home TWICE in a short period of time. The second time, the kid ends up missing.

Does anyone seriously belief that this is not a situation where the state needs to take action?

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Yes Dan,
A family with four young kids needs help finding a home that is not within 80 paces of a raging river.

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[quote="BlueJay"]There is obviously a history here and we still have yet to hear of a husband or father's name for all four of these children?!!!! [/quote]

Here's some info from the article on the child's father, mother, and mother's boyfriend:

[quote][i]Father:[/i]

Lee Winship has been convicted of harassment by telephone, violations of conditions of release, theft, and negotiating a worthless instrument, according to police records.

[i]Mother:[/i]

Wright was convicted in July 2005 of allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor, according to criminal records.

[i]Mother's boyfriend:[/i]

Paradis, Wright’s boyfriend, was arrested last month for domestic assault.[/quote]

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This sad case is another reason that NORPLANT
can make a great deal of sense!

This girl starts dropping kids at 15 or 16...
and has FOUR by the time she's 21?

She clearly has no education;
likely abuses drugs and alcohol.
Does she WORK anywhere - at all?
How many different dads involved?
How much state money does she get a month?

On the radio this morning, it reported that she'd
already lost custody of one child... shouldn't
that be a CLUE that this young woman can't
stop herself from getting pregnant, but is obviously
an unprepared and incapable mother?

And at only 21... [b][i]how many more children will she have?[/i][/b]

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Bumping this sad story for Mr. Fish.

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For Immediate Release

June 19, 2007

Game Wardens Monitor Recovery Of Child's Body On New Brunswick Section Of Aroostook River

PERTH ANDOVER, New Brunswick -- Game Wardens today traveled to New Brunswick to monitor the recovery of a child’s body that was discovered on Tinker Dam on the Aroostook River today at approximately 4:30 this afternoon.

Tinker Dam is a mile downriver from the Maine/New Brunswick Border, and is approximately three miles downriver from Fort Fairfield, Maine.

The body is currently at a hospital in Perth Andover, which is south of the dam. Tomorrow, the body will be taken to St. John, New Brunswick where an autopsy will be performed by Dr. Kenneth Obisen. A DNA test will also be conducted.

The body was discovered by dam employees just after 4:30. The employees were notified by the pilot of a small plane that there was a toy along the dam, and after the employees found the small toy boat located by the plane, they discovered the body against the dam.

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When I was a kid we had 3 broadcast channels, if we were lucky. I have specific memories of my mother bawling her eyes out over tragic news stories involving young children.

Apple falls not so far from the tree.

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This is such a sad story.

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Misinformation on Recovery of toddler's body

I want to set the record straight on a post by the editor regarding the way the body was discovered. DEEMI search and rescue got involved with this search at the request of my husband, Allie's grandfather. He found out about DEEMI and with no help from the game wardens got them involved. DEEMI flew over the river on June 2, 2007 and June 17, 2007 taking photos. They also did an on-foot search which included my husband and his daughter, Allie's Mother. The search took place on Father's Day, June 17. Dirigo Search and Rescue was also involved.

It was from the photo that the body was discovered. The day of June 19, Richard Bowie was going over the many photos taken while talking to the dam official about the water flow over the dam. He noticed at that time the blue object and sent them the photo via email and asked them to look over the dam at the "object of interest". When they did, they saw a body in blue jeans about the size of Allie. We got the call half an hour later from the dam officials, about 3:15, telling us that they had recovered a body from the river and it was presumed to be Allie.

The toy was not mentioned at all in the initial discovery. It was during the physical recovery of the body that the toy was discovered.

The body may have been "discovered" by the dam employees but only after Richard Bowie called them and brought it to their attention.

We thank DEEMI and the volunteers that comprise this search and rescue operation. If it had not been for them we may not have recovered the body.

I am thankful for all those people that did search for Allie and want to thank them very much but DEEMI deserves the majority of thanks.

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ldjw -

Thank you for setting the record straight. Just so you know, what I posted above is a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. It's not my interpretation of events.

This is such a sad story. My prayers are with you and your family.

Best,
Scott K Fish

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ldjw - my heartfelt sympathies to your family, and especially your daughter, on the loss of your precious granddaughter.

My heart goes out to all of you.
God bless and comfort you.

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Officials ID body of missing 3-year-old
By BDN Staff
Saturday, June 23, 2007 - Bangor Daily News

FORT FAIRFIELD - Bringing a sad end to a case that has tugged at the hearts of many, investigators said Friday afternoon that the body found at Tinker Dam in New Brunswick earlier this week has been positively identified as that of 3-year-old Alexandria Winship-Wright, who has been missing for more than eight weeks.

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:(

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Easy to judge

It is so easy for people to judge other people and their mistakes. I just read page one of this thread and wish that I hadn't. I have read so many negative things about Mandy. She is a young woman who has made her share of mistakes in life, but who hasn't.

I hope that we can put this story to rest and along with it, Allie.

Thank you for the prayers and good thoughts that have been with us, the family, through this entire time. I hope that nothing like this ever happens to any one of you or your families.

Thank you Mr. Fish for letting me join this forum and setting the record straight on how and who discovered Allie's body.

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ldjw - you're correct that it's easy to judge, particularly when one doesn't know the individuals involved. I am sorry for the additional hurt caused you by reading the comments about your daughter.

Now that you've found AMG, I hope you will continue reading, and posting, when you can.

My sincere sympathies to you, your daughter, and your family. I am glad you all have Allie back, and can lay her properly to rest.

God bless you.

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Identity of body confirmed as that of Fort Fairfield girl
June 23, 2007

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine --Officials confirmed Friday that a child's body found at a dam in New Brunswick this week is that of a 3-year-old Fort Fairfield girl who went missing more than eight weeks ago.

Fort Fairfield Police Chief Joe Bubar said that the body has been positively identified as Alexandria Winship-Wright.

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This is so sad. Thoughts and prayers to the families involved.

I hope when the shock and grief have worn off that someone can try to make something good out of this terrible tragedy.

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