A 7-year-old girl by the name of Trinity Hurt had gone missing and has now been found alive and brought back home with her family. Trinity had been found by Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, who had found her late Friday night after she had been taken from her home on Wednesday. Musser had found Trinity trapped within an abandoned house with no way to get out, which means that the young girl had been trapped within the house from Wednesday until they had been able to find her on Friday.
The family had been scared for the safety of the little girl, and were now filled with relief and were able to go to sleep with ease knowing that their daughter had returned home to them.
“I don’t know, this is just crazy. We never thought this would happen in Kenton. I can’t believe what he did and why would he put her out in that house.”
Now that their daughter has returned back home to them safely, the family is now looking for and hoping to get justice against the man that had been connected to Trinity’s disappearance - a man by the name of Charles Castle. Castle is currently facing a $750,000 bond for the kidnapping. Doorbos is among those who believe that the man deserves everything that is coming for him.
The authorities were able to track down the person who had put the girl into the situation that she had found herself in, due to a tip that had been given to them by a school resource officer. As well as the tip, they were able to put Castle behind bars due to surveillance footage given to them by the neighbors.
“An older Hardin County resident whose family I believe had owned that property over the years had recalled an off conversation with our suspect that had occurred a long time ago. Our SRO passed it on immediately to our Hardin County Crime Task Force detectives who all went to the scene, our SRO included.”
As the punishments and cases were spoken towards Charles Castle, there had been a group of bikers that refer to themselves as the Bikers Against Abused and Neglected Children waiting outside of the courtroom. The group had been prepared to help with the search for Trinity until it had been called that the young girl had been found alive. The group did not know the family or the suspect, but they did want justice for Trinity Hurt.
As a result of the traumatic events towards Trinity and her family, the conversation of child safety and what we can do to protect children is once more brought to the forefront. Many parents are concerned about the safety of their children and how those around them might intend to hurt their children, but there are many ways to help prevent your child from being taken away from you and put into a dangerous situation. These ways become much easier once your child has reached the age of 3, where they begin to start to understand some of the basic concepts of safety.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has several methods and recommendations for parents to teach their children to help prevent them from being abducted. The most simple one is one that many of us already knew from childhood - to stay away from and don’t speak to strangers. Even someone who you may be somewhat familiar with can still be a stranger if you do not know them well enough. As well as this, parents should make it clear to their children that adults would never ask a child for help or directions. If an adult approaches your child, it is important for your child to be aware that they should tell them to go and find their mom or dad and bring them back to the person instead. This way, your child can be sure that they aren’t going to be taken away by a stranger.
When you are walking alone, stay away from anyone who may be giving you the feeling that you are being followed. Don’t let them get too close to you, and don’t answer any questions if they might try to ask you. If the person tries to grab you or force you to go anywhere with them, run and scream as loud as you can in order to get the attention of others nearby.
As well as this, it’s good for parents to practice giving their children a secret code word. This way children have an easy way to know if a stranger trying to pick them up is actually a friend of their parents, or if that person is trying to take them away against their will.
If your child ever finds themselves lost in public, they should be properly informed on how to handle it. The best thing for a child to do is find someone who works in the public space and ask them for help, rather than walking up to a complete stranger in the area for help.
Finally, you should help your children understand that they should always ask you for permission before going anywhere with anybody. It is important to make it clear that this is not to control your child, but for their own safety in case something ever went wrong, or if the parent was unable to keep in contact with them. Your children should never accept an unplanned offer from a ride, even if it’s from someone that they do know.
At the end of the day, your child’s safety is much more important than allowing your child full freedom. Some parents want to allow for their children to do whatever it is that they please, but this often can put them or their lives in jeopardy. One thing that parents should ask themselves is how worth the risk it is to allow their children to go wherever they want, whenever they want, without asking prior permission or disclosing the location they will be going.