The stepmom and dad have a toddler together.Are there any other children in the house, or just Athena?
If her grandma lived right next door, I'd think she'd have run over there that night, instead of running into the cold , dark, night by herself.The two had an argument while Strand's dad was not home. They believe she walked out on her own, but neighbors say that doesn't seem right.
"The only time she left was to go to her grandmother's house next door - and that's family," Owens said. "She's not okay with being in the dark. She doesn't like the cold."
"There's some abandoned barns and sheds.. we went through there," said Chasity Allerkamp, who volunteered to help search for Strand. "We searched the woods behind the dad's property, not on the property while they were out there with the hounds, we couldn't find anything out there."
Volunteers in Wise County help search for missing 7-year-old Athena Strand
Why would anyone argue with a 7 year old?
MOO, <modsnip: not victim friendly>From the link below:
The little girl hasn't been found as of about 1 p.m. Thursday. The sheriff tells WFAA that she possibly left after an argument with her parents.
AMBER Alert issued for missing North Texas girl in Wise CountyPolice said the mother of 7-year-old Athena had been looking for her since before 6 p.m. She was last seen around County Road 3573 in Paradise.www.kens5.com
I think we might be thinking of an "argument" from an adult stand point. My kids "argue" with me all the time. Usually related to things they don't want to do like, clean their room or pick up their toys. Time to turn off electronics! NOOOOO JUST LET ME FINISH THISSSSSSS! Sometimes that's the end of it and sometimes they melt down over not getting their way. But it's nothing over the top or out of the ordinary for kids their age. I think that might be why the Sheriff said it was nothing unusual. Kids can have BIG feelings and many times don't have the tools to navigate those feelings. Maybe stepmom and Athena argued a lot about things because living with dad was very different from living with mom. Maybe the rules were completely different and she was having trouble navigating that. Maybe she was acting out because she didn't want to be there. Lots of possibilities.Really what 7 year old has an argument with parents and runaways I just can't do this any more poor sweet girl
Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.Water near the property?
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A lot.Really what 7 year old has an argument with parents and runaways I just can't do this any more poor sweet girl
However, the Wise County Office of Emergency Management has since stated that they "will not be utilizing volunteers to assist with the search," for Strand."Athena is still missing and we are now over the 24 hour point. Thank you to my wonderful family and the large support from the Wise County community. We are continuing our search. I ask that everyone pray.. pray some more, continue to pray, and never stop praying. I cannot live without my baby and I need her brought home safely to me. Athena didn't walk away or disappear on her own. I will not give up or stop until I have Athena back. I feel like there is a hole in my heart and half of my soul is missing. An amber alert was issued earlier today. Please do not give up on my baby."
I’m not wanting to think anything happened by the family in this case. I remember “running away” a few times in Athena’s age because I didn’t feel like I was being heard or I didn’t like what my mom had to say. We argued to the extent that I probably said things like “I hate you”, “you’re not nice” or “you’re the worst mom ever”. I usually packed a bag and walked away, and my mom would be on the phone within minutes to the area neighbors to keep an eye out. The phone chain worked well in those times. Usually a neighbor would call and say I was in their treehouse, and my mom would come get me. In this rural an area I don’t see the phone chain but I hope all the sheds and forts have been well searched. I’m hoping for a miracle for Athena. Come out, sweetie, so we know you’re safe.Since I have a child, here is just one example:
Me: (After a 5-minute warning) "It's time to turn off the T.V. now"
Child: "No! In a minute!"
Me: "It's been on for an hour. Time to turn it off." Walking over to switch it off... Child starts screaming and trying to turn it back on, etc. I make the mistake of telling child they've lost T.V. for the next day. Child gets even more upset. Child is the type who goes into "fight-or-flight" when upset and he might try immediately or later to leave the house.
Was the situation handled perfectly? No.
Does it happen? Yes. Do the parents wish they had known how to do better and that this drama hadn't happened? Definitely yes.
I really stick by this opinion. May the first perfect parent here cast the first stone.
The News guy deleted that tweet about her doing this more than once. So I don't know if that still stands. The Aunt has said this was not like her. The stories for this case are all over depending on who's interview you watch or what MSM you read. Which I cannot believe can be helping in any way. This sucks.Preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.
The family said that Athena had earlier too ran away from home. Maybe she ran again in search of her dad because it was said that he wasn't home at that time?
A fight with step mom and dad not being at home at that moment seems a little sketchy.