NY:Single mother loses custody of kids for shoplifting;now young son is missing from foster home!! #parents #kids #tcot
Posted Nov 26 2010 2:35pm
Such a sad story to hear during this holiday season. I don't blame her for not wanting to celebrate the holidays without her son. What is there to celebrate. Her son vanished a year ago after celebrating his 7th birthday. From the article it sounds like he vanished after he left to go skateboarding following his 7th birthday, but then it says two months after his birthday he vanished while in a Brooklyn foster home.
His single mother lost custody because she was caught for shoplifting. Do you think a single mother should, or any parent for that matter, should lose custody of their children for a single shoplifting incident? I don't think that sounds right. I could see charging her with a fine for shoplifting or a few days in jail but not removing her kids from her permanently.
PATRICK KENNEDY ALFORD
Case Type: Endangered Missing
DOB: Nov 28, 2002 Sex: Male
Missing Date: Jan 22, 2010 Race: Biracial
Age Now: 7 Height: 4'8" (142 cm)
Missing City: BROOKLYN Weight: 65 lbs (29 kg)
Missing State : NY Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: United States Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: NCMC1139843
Circumstances: Patrick was last seen on January 22, 2010. He may be in or near Brooklyn, New York. Patrick was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue and black Michael Jordan sneakers. He is biracial. Patrick is Black and Hispanic. He has a scar on his left eyelid.
source: Missing Madeline Forum
According to the NY Daily News , Patrick vanished while taking out the trash from his foster mom's home and cops immediately focused their attention on his biological mother.
Jennifer Rodriguez was temporarily locked up by a Staten Island family court judge who suspected she knew her son's whereabouts.
But Rodriguez - who briefly claimed one of her relatives had Patrick, before retracting her statements - was later released.
I don't know if she has a history of arrests or abuse, since the NYPOST article doesn't mention a past record and the accusations she knows her sons whereabouts appear unproven in the NY Daily News article, but if she was only caught shoplifting one time, I definitely don't think she should have lost custody of her two children. I don't blame her for suing the state for negligence in caring for her son since he vanished while in their care. I hope the state has investigated the foster family and continues their search in finding her son. How heartbreaking. I don't know what I would do without my sons, but fall apart. I wish her continued strength and prayers and hope she is able to have a second chance to prove to her children that she can be a better mother.
Jennifer Rodriguez remembers her son, Patrick Alford, blowing out the candles on his white-frosted birthday cake last year, then rushing out to play on his brand-new skateboard.
But there will be no cake for his birthday Sunday. Two months after the Staten Island boy turned 7, he vanished.
And despite one of the police department's most exhaustive searches in missing-person memory, including 1,000 interviews, and queries as far away as Florida and Puerto Rico, Patrick is no closer to being found than the day he disappeared from the Brooklyn foster home, where he was staying after Rodriguez lost custody.
HEARTACHE: Mom Jennifer Rodriguez (above) wears a T-shirt that is a desperate plea for the return of her son, Patrick.
When Patrick turns 8, Rodriguez won't be celebrating. She ignored Thanksgiving, and without her boy, Christmas and New Year's are just a couple of days on her calendar.
"His birthday is a tragedy to me this year," she said. "I'm not thankful for anything. I don't even know if my son is alive."
Much happened between the day Rodriguez sang "Happy Birthday" in her Staten Island home and the day Patrick disappeared from the East New York apartment building.
After Rodriguez, 23, a single mother, was arrested in December on a shoplifting charge, Patrick and his sister, Jailene, were sent by the city's child welfare agency to live with Librada Moran, a foster-care provider.
It was there on Jan. 22 that the homesick boy was last seen.
"I would tell Patrick, 'I'm sorry,' " Rodriguez said. " 'I'm sorry I failed you as a mother. I'm going to do my best to find you.' "
Last month, Rodriguez sued the city and its child-welfare agency, saying they failed to properly care for the boy.
She also criticized investigators for focusing, at first, on her.
"The police treated me like a suspect," Rodriguez said. "I felt like a piece of garbage. I am his biological mother, and I was the one who sought out help on my own. The city's foster agency is there to protect children, and they didn't do that for Patrick."
Rodriguez is marking Patrick's birthday with an awareness walk to her home from the ferry terminal a mile away. She will follow up the walk with another march on Jan. 22 -- the day Patrick disappeared.
"I am brokenhearted," Rodriguez said. "I need to find my son." email@example.com