ACTIVE SEARCH SD - Serenity Dennard, 9, Children’s Home Society, Pennington County, 3 Feb 2019

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  1. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Well-Known Member

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    My thought was that perhaps this child either suffered some trauma or suffered from a mental or emotional issue that didn’t affect the other children. In some cases if parents do not want to commit a child a court can order a child to be placed, if it can be proven to be in the best interest or for the safety of the child.

    A recent case I am familiar with happened this way after the birth of a baby girl. The older boy (12) had lived at home despite severe emotional issues until the baby was born. But then it was ruled he could be a danger to the baby and placement was ordered.

    Not saying this is the case here but we just don’t know the circumstances.
     


  2. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Well-Known Member

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    Best case scenario.
     
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  3. Maiko

    Maiko Active Member

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    I live on the other side of the world and stayed up late reading about Serenity. My MIL's family is from the Black Hills so we visit SD from time to time. Seeing the location, this caught my eye. I prayed before turning off my computer last night and before turning it on this morning, I SOOOOO hoped (and prayed) for good news! I wanted to read that she'd been located safe, found by a good samaritan. My heart is devastated to read the search has switched to recovery but with the weather and temperatures, I think we knew it could/would if she didn't turn up. I'm not giving up hope but it'll take a miracle.
     
  4. Steelslady

    Steelslady Justice for Kelsey

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    Sorry, I totally misunderstood what you meant and I agree with you. Such a heartbreaking situation, I feel for her family.
     
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  5. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Well-Known Member

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    No problem, sometimes my words don’t clearly express my meaning. It makes sense to me until I reread what I wrote.

    Still hoping for the best. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if she cane back inside and hid in a storage room and then was afraid to come out for fear she would get into trouble.
     
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  6. aegarner1

    aegarner1 Well-Known Member

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    I forgot to mention that if she made it to highway 16 she could have been picked up by a number of people. Highway 16 is on the way to the national monument Mt. Rushmore. We get visitors from everywhere. Normally more in summer but you never know.
     
  7. MsFacetious

    MsFacetious What a Kerfuffle...

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    Well this is a new experience for me. I was Serenity. In residential treatment, a home like environment. She even looks like I did at that age. We had runners a few times and there is one thing I've not seen mentioned yet.

    All of the people who lived in the vicinity were well aware we were there. They knew not to believe our stories if we took off. I'm guessing the wood cutting couple was not from the immediate area, or they likely would have known where she was from as well.

    I am getting the impression that Serenity is not there from foster care. I think she has emotional/psychological issues that are not necessarily the fault of her family.

    I don't know how long she has been there but it's certainly possible she was placed after her baby sister arrived. We have seen that several times, it's much easier to keep everyone safe when they are close to the same size. Once there is a baby in the picture it's completely different.

    I do believe that this is a family like my own, who had to make the decision to place her there for her safety and/or her siblings safety. With 4 kids Mom and Dad wouldn't be able to watch her constantly. I believe this is more than likely a loving family who did what they felt was best.

    It would be a heart wrenching decision. I would be so worried about trusting someone to care for my child full time. I would be a total wreck. Then if something like this happened I would never forgive myself. I'm sure Serenity's parents are far more capable of dealing with their emotions though.

    I just cannot accept that this little girl's life is going to stop at 9 years old. Kids have instincts and are very resourceful. Even a child that is unpredictable is still going to have that instinct to survive. Please survive Serenity...
     
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  8. angelainwi

    angelainwi Certified Trauma Counselor

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    I successfully ran away from a residential treatment center ran out of a home when I was a girl. I was on the run for over 6 months through 3 states. I do not know if the staff even looked for me back then in the late 80's.
     
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    Eleanor Rigby Well-Known Member

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    I know it seems unlikely, but there have been such cases. There was a case in Detroit where a missing boy was discovered hiding in his own basement. It's definitely worth doing very thorough searches / re-searches of all parts of all the facility's property, IMO.
    Charlie Bothuell V, Detroit boy found in basement, says his home was "terrible" - CBS News

    "The case unfolded last June after Bothuell IV called police to report his son, then 12, missing from their home.
    The boy was found by authorities 11 days later hiding behind boxes in the basement of the father's home.
    When the boy was found alive, the elder Bothuell was in the middle of a live TV interview with Nancy Grace. He was speechless when Grace said his son was discovered in the basement of his home."
     
  10. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Well-Known Member

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    double post.
     
  11. LaborDayRN

    LaborDayRN Well-Known Member

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    This^^^ While I know it's unlikely, I'm still praying she wasn't out in the cold long and is safe somewhere. Please be alright sweet baby girl!
     
  12. Forpsy

    Forpsy Well-Known Member

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    It's hard to just let go of this.
     
  13. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    The only good news is that she hasn't been found deceased already. It seems like that would have happened if she succumbed to the elements while running around outside. Maybe no news is good news?
     
  14. tigerteeth

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    The children’s home is more than 40 miles from her home town, right?
     
  15. Jethro4WS

    Jethro4WS Well-Known Member

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    At least.
     
  16. Yellow Rose

    Yellow Rose Well-Known Member

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    Still no word? I thought back in the beginning that they’d have dogs from the getgo but it turns out they did not until imo too much time had passed. I still pray with all my heart that Casey’s bear is protecting this child too. Praying they find this gorgeous child today!
     
  17. Maiko

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    This is what I'm going with. Praying for a miracle! Kids can be so resourceful, I hope she surprises us all and is found safe.
     
  18. Forpsy

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    What was the weather like when you did this? Who sheltered you?
     
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    TTF14 Spaceship Headlight Pattern Expert

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    I recently read a fiction book called Baby Teeth which gives insight into a scenario in which a child could be placed in a home by healthy parents.
     
  20. AmyPond

    AmyPond Well-Known Member

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    No, I didn't mean Serenity going on a home visit. I meant one of the other girls in the facility. And then that girl passing a message along to someone Serenity knows. Probably far fetched for a 9 year old but who knows.
     
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