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21st-Dec-2004 08:31 pm

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Amber Alert Issued for Three Connecticut Children
Posted: Tuesday December 21 5:38 PM CT

Connecticut State police issued the Amber Alert after the father
apparently abducted his three young children from state social workers
Tuesday afternoon in Willimantic. Willimantic is about 20 miles east of

Three Yeaw Children The three children are described as two girls and a boy. The children are white, ages 3, 4 and 5 years.

Police are looking for Jeffrey Yeaw, white male, 5'7", 150 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes.

The suspect vehicle is a 1994 gray Toyota extended cab pickup truck with Connecticut tag 674-CWP.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Connecticut State Police at 860-685-8441 or dial 911

Visit http://codeamber.c.topica.com/maacZ4uabcKt0chsEZrbafpLR8/ for more information

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22nd-Dec-2004 01:36 am (UTC)
GAWD! You're faster than I am, and I live IN connecticut! They're upstate, they're probably going to head to MA because I can't imagine them staying in CT. The amber alert should be going up there too, though.
22nd-Dec-2004 01:39 am (UTC)
I have the Amber Alert ticker running on my desktop all the time, once it goes off I post. Let's hope they find them safe - and soon!
22nd-Dec-2004 02:52 am (UTC)
I cannot tell you how much it ticks me off to see amber alerts used for this purpose.

The amber alert system was designed to find children who were taken by strangers. It is NOT to be used for children who were taken by their own parents (i.e. custodial disputes). It is being used illegally.

They haven't said whether this guy is a danger to his children. I wonder what he was accused of...I'll see if anyone knows anything in my circles.
22nd-Dec-2004 01:15 pm (UTC)
"The amber alert system was designed to find children who were taken by strangers. It is NOT to be used for children who were taken by their own parents (i.e. custodial disputes). It is being used illegally."

Wrong - the Amber Alert is structured to make people aware of unlawful child abduction, the circumstances are immaterial.

In an instance where a child or children who is/are in custody of the state, said children are taken by anyone - up to and including parents - it is an illegal action. I fully support this system for this use. Danger or not, this is not the issue. The issue is that these children have been taken in spite of a court ruling that states otherwise. While I agree that there are extenuating circumstances in some cases that involve state intervention, it does not change the fact that these children were taken in direct objection to a court ruling - even a temporary one.

I am a children's rights advocate. My sister and I have both worked for, volunteered time with, and/or sat on the board of directors for a local battered women's shelter. I have fostered and sponsored abused and needy children before. I have close friends and family members who work in juvenile courts, child welfare and placement, you name it. I have seen both sides of this coin and worked both as well. I know the problems within the system, especially in organizations like DFACS, but the law is the law.

People have commented in my journal and in other journals asking if posting every Amber Alert was really necessary, and I believe it is. I will be making a post to this effect this morning, wherein I will state unequivocally that if anyone takes issue with this or anything I post, common sense dictates that they need not read my journal. I mention this because I don't want to come across as though I were singling you out for attack, as that is not the case. I disagree with you emphatically on this issue, but the post I plan on making later will be directed specifically at people who complain about excessive Amber Alert posts. I wanted to explain this because it will come fresh on the heels of this post, and for the sake of continuity and clarity I wanted to leave little room for error.

22nd-Dec-2004 05:07 pm (UTC)

That makes sense. I was told that it would not be used in custody disputes (like one parent taking from another) on the news...not that they're always right.

Actually, I don't MIND the amber alerts on your LJ. I don't have a ticker and no one else on my FL posts em, so it doesn't bother me in the least. I'm of no help at all, since I never go anywhere, but you never know ;)

I've done some fishing on the case...no one knows anything about this particular case so I wonder if they didn't have an advocate.
22nd-Dec-2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
My point in pointing out that it didn't state that he was a danger is that, typically, they would. If he had a history of any type of violence, etc. I wonder what the case is about and until they catch the guy we may never know.

I've found 2 people on the web with this guy's name. One graduated from West Point and has 3 kids, but they're not exactly the right ages, close though. One is a constitutional rights god loving nutball. Would you like to place a bet on who I think might be the right one? *grin*
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