Authorities had reportedly urged 26-year-old Kadian Nelson to turn himself into authorities on November 3rd after a video that people believed to have depicted him kidnapping someone became viral.
This happened in Mitcham area this morning ..
— London & UK Crime (@CrimeLdn) November 3, 2020
During the video, a woman is following the suspect as he has his arm perched over the young girl’s shoulders while the two are walking. The woman begins inquiring what the suspect is doing with the young girl:
“So what are you doing in the corner with her? Are you okay?”
In response, the suspect accuses the woman of “stalking” after having previously alleged that the young girl was his “sister”:
“Look, why are you fucking stalking us, bruv?”
In a second video which serves as a continuation of the encounter (within the comments section of this Facebook post), the young girl breaks away from the suspect and begins sobbing while noting that she doesn’t know the man who took her:
“I don’t know him I told him to stop I’m really scared I’m really scared! I was trying to go to school.”
From there, the suspect reportedly fled the area and began heading toward Colliers Wood.
Thank god for the women who followed him. That poor girls voice 💔 https://t.co/AcgVI9vMN2
— Rachel Locke (@Ray_Locke) November 4, 2020
It’s unclear what led online sleuths to determine that Nelson was the person featured in a video where the woman followed the man she suspected of abducting the young girl. While plenty of video was obtained during the encounter, the images of the suspect’s face aren’t exactly clear.
However, authorities had caught on to locals having felt as though they’d identified the suspect and advised Nelson to get himself into police custody “for his own safety.”
The mentioning of safety reasons is likely due to concerns of possible vigilante acts stemming from people online sharing Nelson’s photo and home address.
Detective Superintedent Owain Richards mentioned some of the aspects related to those possibly exploring taking the law into their own hands:
“We are of course aware of videos and images circulating on social media, and groups of people attending various addresses. I urge those people to go home. Do not try to take the law into your own hands or you may end up doing something you regret and potentially face police action yourself.”
Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh commented the following regarding the woman who took it upon herself to video the alleged abduction:
“The extraordinary bravery of a lady who followed and filmed them has almost certainly saved the victim from even further distress and has provided the police extremely important evidence for what I sincerely hope will be the swift apprehension and the early arrest of the attacker.”
Kadian Nelson, 26, was arrested on November 3 following a widespread police appeal which named him as a person of interest. He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today. https://t.co/Fd4BpkR82U
— James 🌐 (@James_Thorburn) November 6, 2020
The Metropolitan Police want to convey that this is an ongoing investigation and to be mindful of any information they share online regarding this incident – especially any information that can wind up inadvertently identifying the victim.
But police are also sharing said advice to be mindful of what’s shared online about this case as there are concerns it may also have the potential to affect future criminal proceedings.
Meanwhile, back in the United States, Marshals reportedly recovered several missing children in the state of Virginia.
Here’s that previous report.
RICHMOND, VA – U.S. Marshals located 27 missing children following a rescue operation in Virginia, according to the Justice Department (DOJ) on Friday.
U.S. Marshals Operation Results in Recovery of 27 Missing Children in Virginia https://t.co/JlcoND20jv
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 30, 2020
Deputy US Marshals led the five-day effort dubbed “Operation Find Our Children.” They collaborated with the agency’s Fugitive Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and state and local agencies.
The operation resulted in the rescue of 27 children, U.S. Marshals said in a news release.
Many of the recoveries occurred in large population centers, the news release said. However, seven occurred in less populous areas, including Roanoke and Abingdon.
More than 60 investigators were part of the U.S. Marshals’ primary team from the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.
They collaborated with the Virginia Department of Social Services, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and a team of medical professionals.
According to the news release, the operation also confirmed the location of six other children previously reported as missing were in the custody of their legal guardian.
U.S. Marshals recovered 27 missing children across Virginia as part of a five-day operation, the Department of Justice announced Friday. https://t.co/Q7hfJIRPD1
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) October 31, 2020
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said in a statement:
“The Department of Justice is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable children in our society and ‘Operation Find Our Children’ does just that. While this Virginia operation is the most recent recovery of endangered and missing children led by the U.S. Marshals Service this year, we have also recovered more than 440 kids in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana, and other states. Because of this initiative, the recovered children are now out of harm’s way.”
— I Have Vanished (@IHaveVanished) November 2, 2020
Nick E. Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, said:
“I can think of no more critical or satisfying mission for a law enforcement officer than rescuing an endangered child. This operation brought together a formidable team that was, and is, determined to come to the aid of our youth and bring to justice those among us that choose to prey on these vulnerable children.”
Peter Marketos, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, said there is no suspected criminal enterprise linking the cases, and each is independent of one another. He explained:
“A lot of (the cases) have their unique set of circumstances… many of (the children) either ran away or go into what they perceived as a less dangerous situation than what they were in.”
Most of the children were in their late teens, and many ran away from foster care situations.
Agents reportedly got information about the cases from the state’s social services department and the missing children’s center and helped locate the child.
‘Will Never Stop Looking’: US Marshals Find 27 Missing Children In 5 Days In Virginia https://t.co/aTBn6BXDWT
— Thomas Paine (@Thomas1774Paine) November 3, 2020
None of the cases involved child abduction by someone unknown to the victim, and many were “essentially kids in a bad situation,” added Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Schermer for the Western District of Virginia. He said:
“This is not part of a child smuggling ring or anything of that nature.”
“Because of this initiative, the recovered children are now out of harm’s way.”
He also stated:
“We want the missing children across this great nation to know the U.S. Marshals Service will never stop looking for you. We will find you,”
Angela Aufmuth, the executive director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited children’s analytical programs, stated:
“It’s definitely not a situation where those 27 kids are found in one house.”
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In some cases, a child had gone missing from one jurisdiction and fled to another.
Some recovered children may have run away from their foster care homes because of dangerous conditions. A report from December 2018 indicated that Virginia’s foster care system is failing to meet the essential health and safety needs of the children under its care, according to state auditors, who released a report that found 98 cases in which safety protocols were unmet.
In one, a child was placed in a home for nearly three weeks despite a background check never conducted on the foster parent.
Overall, the report faulted limited oversight of a far-flung system of 120 local departments of social services. The state, meanwhile, has limited power to intervene when things go wrong.
Drew Dickinson, who led the review on behalf of the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, stated about Virginia’s child welfare services:
“[Virginia] has not effectively supervised the foster care system, and it has not developed a reliable means to identify its resultant problems.”
— Kenwardjr (@Kenwardjr) November 4, 2020
The investigative report found that 19 percent of foster care children did not receive all their required monthly visits from caseworkers between April 2017 and March 2018. Twenty-four children were not visited at all. Of children ages five and younger, 15 percent did not receive all their required monthly visits.
Virginia ranked near the bottom at 49th in state rankings based on the number of youth who age out of foster care without a permanent home or family connection. This happens to about 500 children every year in Virginia.
The report makes it plausible that many children ran away from their foster parents. A few of the children were in situations where they could have fallen victim to sex trafficking. In at least one case, police charged two individuals with obstruction for lying about housing a child. Authorities found drugs and a pistol at the house.
‘Devastating’ state report highlights major health and safety problems in Virginia’s foster care system https://t.co/KAWaE9bR5V
— Patrick (@TrickFreee) December 11, 2018
Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen said that the U.S. Marshals Service had recovered more than 440 missing children this year.
The U.S. Marshals last week announced the recovery of 45 missing children, resulting in 179 arrests during an operation across Ohio. It was the second such mission in the Buckeye State, following an August effort that led to 25 missing children in less than three weeks.
This year, an operation in Georgia led to 39 children’s recovery in August and another in September, which found eight missing children in Indiana. Since 2005, the U.S. Marshals have recovered more than 2,000 missing children, including a 75 percent success rate in received cases in the last five years, according to the release.
A 2015 law, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, also enabled the U.S. Marshals Service to assist local, state, and federal officials in locating missing children when requested.
Statistics showing an increase in missing children cases are the result of increased capacity and shifted priorities of the U.S. Marshals Service, not increasing missing children cases, according to Marketos.
“It’s not necessarily a spike (in missing children cases) but a more concerted effort on this area that needs attention.”
According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a Syracuse University research group that analyses federal law enforcement data, child sex trafficking prosecutions have fallen in recent years.
In 2019, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children assisted law enforcement and families with over 29,000 cases of missing children nationwide. More than 90 percent of those cases were “endangered runaways.”
The center says these children are “highly vulnerable” and possibly homeless while they are missing. In many cases, children who run away feel unsafe at home and face abuse or family conflict, according to the center.
Aufmuth explained that this is a nationwide problem.
“These kids who do go missing and have these vulnerabilities already … are much more vulnerable to people who don’t have their best interest at heart.”
The 27 children rescued by the U.S. Marshall’s will hopefully find themselves in safer situations so they will not feel the need to run away.
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