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

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  1. Maiko

    Maiko Active Member

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    Very happy she's okay! :whew:

    Still praying for good news on Serenity. Where are you precious girl?
     


  2. mrbeansmom

    mrbeansmom Well-Known Member

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    As a parent with a child currently in one of these facilities, and as someone connected with a large network of adoptive families, at least one of whom has intimate knowledge of this family, I can pretty much assure you that neither of her adoptive parents picked her up to take her back home. When your child enters the program you sign paperwork stating that you may remove them anytime you want. There is generally a plan, and a list of goals to be met, and most parents in their right minds (and these parents from what I understand are definitely in their right minds) are not going to voluntarily remove their child unless they suspect abuse or neglect. In those cases, they can simply tell the facility they are taking their child, and go pick them up. These are typically voluntary placements, not court ordered. In fact, as an adoptive parent who has had to do this three times now, I have never heard of a case where the child was court ordered to be there except when their behavior was so dangerous that the family begged the courts to place them. Even that is a real challenge, and not what I understand happened in this case.
     
  3. mrbeansmom

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    I wouldn't assume she was intellectually able to pull something like this off. My daughter appears to be pretty smart, and can even get fairly good grades in school when she is in her residential setting, but her immaturity prevents her from getting far on the outside. Her therapist was just explaining to us yesterday that these kids think with the back of their brains (where fight or flight is) and not with the front. They have to be healed to start using the front of their brain, which is more logical and stable. For now, Serenity is likely a child who acts on impulse instead of thinking things through well. My daughter, who is even older than Serenity, would have a hard time coming up with, much less following, a plan to escape from where she's at, which is also out in the middle of nowhere. She could follow others in their escape as a group, but never by herself.
     
  4. shorty42404

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    LE encouraged folks in the area to search their properties... has LE done this themselves? If she headed on S Rockerville, there are some properties not too far down that road (from what I can tell via google map). I’m praying she’s found soon, and hopefully alive. If she were hiding anywhere nearby I’m thinking she’d definitely be found by now. She’d be hungry and thirsty and would probably give up hiding to find food or drink. I’d be interested in hearing the other children's testimonies about what happened the day she fled. If maybe there WAS a plan or what exactly happened... if she said anything to the other children etc.
     
  5. PommyMommy

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    Is it a sliding fee scale?
     
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    Clareneko Shy Cat Lover

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    Is there any way I can keep myself posted on this?
     
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    shorty42404 Well-Known Member

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    I wonder if there are any empty properties nearby? Houses for sale? For rent? I feel so sad for this little girl. And if there truly wasn’t any wrongdoing on the staff’s part, I imagine they feel awful too. Praying
     
  9. Jim_M

    Jim_M Well-Known Member

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    I usually Click on the Watch Thread tab. Select email notifications. Each post will send an email.
     
  10. SkipperKey3

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    From what I can tell on Google Maps...
    It she traveled up S. Rockerville Rd, she would have to go a mile before getting to another structure. However, the latest said she headed westward up into the hills. Going that way would be slower going, rougher terrain, and the nearest structure looks to be over a mile and a half away, in a straight line as the crow flies, but would be longer on foot, even if taking the most direct route. Even then, there are only a couple structures that I can see, unless she pointed southwest and headed to Keystone. But that also is problematic, as they have said the terrain toward the south is pretty much impassible.
    None of that is good news, and not what one would hope. There is the possibility that something isn't showing up on Google Maps or that I just don't see it, but it doesn't look likely.
    One can only hope that she somehow found the stamina in that cold to go longer. Or that she doubled back to the road.
    Any searches today? I haven't heard. I did see where it was supposed to be snowy today and tomorrow, but after that clearer. But no real spring warm-up in sight.
     
  11. Caylee Advocate

    Caylee Advocate SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND THERE

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    Has anyone found out how far the couple cutting wood in the Foster Gulch/ South Rookerville Rd. area is from the children's home? Not much was released as to what they allegedly witnessed pertaining to Serenity.

    It would be helpful to know more as to whether they spoke to her, where she actually was *in the woods? on the road?* and what direction she was headed. :confused:
     
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  12. mrbeansmom

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    Not that I've heard of. In most cases like ours (adoption of a traumatized child in the county), the county pays the fee. They typically cover just room and board. If there is a private school on the campus that the child is required to attend, the family has to pay that fee. Sometimes it's negotiable. Therapy is paid for out of the child's Medicaid or MediCal if the state accepts it. Otherwise, your private health insurance has to cover it. Many of the places will work with families to make it feasible. Most parents are on their last legs when they contact them.
     
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  13. mrbeansmom

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    I wonder how quickly did those who live nearby know Serenity was missing? I mean, haven't some of you mentioned SO's nearby? I just wonder if someone who knew she was missing swooped in and grabbed her without notice upon hearing a little girl was lost in the neighborhood. When people are missing around us, and we live out in the country, there are typically helicopters flying low with loud speakers telling everyone who is missing, what they're wearing and how old they are. Does anyone know if they did that there, or was it too cold to use helicopters?
     
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  14. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    The couple never saw her. They talked to the staff. I posted a map of Foster Gulch and the Children's Home back 20 or so pages and I'll see if I can find it. Foster Gulch is south of the Children's Home.

    ETA Map: Google Maps
     
  15. PommyMommy

    PommyMommy #ShinelikeShanann

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    @Caylee Advocate
    ACTIVE SEARCH - SD - Serenity Dennard, 9, Children’s Home Society, Pennington County, 3 Feb 2019
     
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    Caylee Advocate SOMEWHERE BETWEEN HERE AND THERE

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    Thanks PM, I must have missed that map. I would "assume" the workers saw them and asked if they had seen her, but I wonder why the sheriff wanted to talk to them to try to get a better timeline? :confused:o_O
     
  17. JaneEyre

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    IMO, LE was double checking the facts and timeline given to them by the staff.
     
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  19. PommyMommy

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    You're welcome. Yeah, based on the initial reports I think we all assumed the couple saw her and were surprised to hear they didn't. In addition to what Jane Eyre said, LE probably wanted to know what vehicles, people, etc. they saw in the area.
    MOO
     
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  20. zencompass

    zencompass May today be the day. Justice for Abby and Libby.

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    Comparison between search map (February 11) and the search map prior to that weekend search:

    (Same legend as I posted for the earlier map)

    The yellow lines represent people, the hot pink lines represent dogs, and the blue lines represent an airplane. "

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    Search for missing 9-year-old girl in South Dakota on hold | The Star


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    This is the close-up image of where search and rescue personal have searched for 9-year-old Serenity Dennard. The yellow lines represent people, the hot pink lines represent dogs, and the blue lines represent an airplane.

    Link:
    Arielle Zionts Journal staff
     
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