Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Trailer Park Children: Sandra Cantu

*Update: This morning two dairy farmers were draining an irrigation pond North of Tracy, CA where little Sandra Cantu went missing last week.  A piece of travel luggage emerged from the water.  I watched live as the Tracy police and FBI arrived at the scene, they spent hours collecting evidence leading up to this piece of luggage, before even knowing if there was anything in it connected to the missing 8 - year old girl.  I have to say the Tracy police are very impressive in their devotion to finding this child.  After hours on the scene the piece of luggage was taken to an undisclosed location, where it was opened, and to the horror of many, Sandra Cantu was indeed inside.

I have complete faith that the Tracy police will find this monster and he will be brought to justice.  Rest In Peace little Sandra.

Sandra Cantu is the latest little vulnerable girl missing from a trailer park.  I am sure in addition to Haleigh Cummings and Sandra there are many more that we are unaware of.

I don't have a lot of statistical information about trailer parks, or life in one.  But I feel like when you are a poor family and the only choice you have is to live in one of these communities, that you are also exposed to other individuals who are forced to take up a residence there. People like convicts who after being released from prison do not have many options, as well as sex offenders, drug addicts etc.

I also understand that you can be a totally legit and honest family living at a trailer park because you have no other choice.

In the case of Haleigh, we have a 5 year old girl at home with her father's 17 year old girlfriend, who to me is a child as well.  Dad comes home at around 2AM and Haleigh is missing.  Dad's girlfriend states she was asleep right next to Haleigh and has no idea who took her.  

There are an overwhelming amount of sex offenders in the immediate area.  There are also some conflicting reports about sightings of dad's girlfriend hanging out that night.  So did she leave Haleigh alone to get her drink on and then returned to find her missing?  Or did Haleigh fall victim to an accident to which her family decided to cover up?

The question still remains, where is Haleigh? Every trace of her has vanished.  Is this family really smart enough to get rid of evidence and a body so well in a matter of hours?

Sandra Cantu is 8 years old and has been missing for a week.  Her mother says Sandra told her she was going to visit a friend and was to return by dinner time as usual, however dinner time came and went and no Sandra.

The search began at the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park in Tracy, CA.  Video surveillance show Sandra leaving her trailer home, but then later show her leaving the trailer park altogether.  It was discovered that the friend she was going to visit was not home.  

Where did Sandra go?

I don't know if I am an overly protective parent, but I think 8 years old is a little too young to be let out on her own to go from house to house and visit with friends.  It seems to me that a child that age should be taken to her friend's home and retrieved later, or at least followed up with a call to said friend's house to check if the friend is home and all is well.  

Can there be a law to which parent's are held responsible for really bad judgement?  Will that save more children? Can we hand out guidelines in hospitals to new parents, explaining the rules of keeping your child safe? 

The manager of the park and it's residents claim the trailer park is safe and a family place, with kids spending time alone at the pool and basketball courts.  I am curious to know how many residents are ex-cons and sexual predators.  Did Sandra really just leave the park on her own?Or was she lured out of the park to avoid the surveillance cameras by a resident?

In 2007 there was a report made about one of Sandra's neighbors, a 60 year old man, apparently he marched over to Sandra and kissed her on the lips after brushing her hair from her face.  This man was questioned by police along with all of the other residents of the park. 

As with Haleigh Cummings, it is now a waiting game.  Wait for evidence of foul play?  Wait for the rescue of Sandra?  Wait for a body?  Wait for nothing to come of anything?  

A parent's worse nightmare.  

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Jason Young: The Unraveling of a Murderer

A new warrant was released in the Michelle Young case.

The case of a pregnant North Carolina mother who was brutally beaten to death in her bedroom, while her 2 year old daughter was at home and remained unharmed.

Her husband, Jason Young has always been a suspect. He is the only person to have the means, motive and opportunity. The orchestration of this well thought out murder was so cleverly done that it is still taking law enforcement time to piece it all together. However, the manner in which she was killed, was brutal, disgusting and was conducted with severe hatred of Michelle. A crime that many thought didn’t seem to fit in with Jason, a husband who loved his family. I always knew he wasn’t the loving husband he claimed to be and with the new warrant released we can get a glimpse into the revelation of the real Jason Young who is capable of beating his wife until she was unrecognizable.

Please click here to read my earlier post about this crime and the evidence that clearly points to Jason and no one else: shamaninga.blogspot.com/2008/12/beautiful-michelle-young.html

View the new warrant.

Here is a snip of an email Jason Young sent to his wife in July, on a day when Michelle Young had to run errands and left Jason with their young daughter:

"I am taking a beer and her to pool. I am in a mood that makes our trip to myrtle [sic] seem mild, pray the beer kicks in," the e-mail states. "I could kill u [sic] for not letting me finish the yard work this morning."

Now, you may think the above email, could be a joke, or just an email with no real underlining threat between husband and wife, but then couple it with other witness testimony such as, a neighbor who said he often heard the Youngs screaming and fighting for hours. Another close friend who said, Jason punched holes in the walls and ripped doors off hinges during those fights. One of Jason’s friends stating Jason had told him he was sick of his wife.

Also in the warrant it states that investigators called Jason on his cell phone after his parents informed him of Michelle’s death. Investigators asked Jason to come to the crime scene to conduct a walkthrough of the home to assist police in determining if items were taken or out of place, they also had questions about any enemies Michelle may have had. At this point Jason and his family were only aware of Michelle’s murder, but had no details.

Jason Young refused to assist authorities in these early stages and immediately said he would be securing a lawyer and then hung up on the detectives. Jason never asked if his 2 year old daughter was also murdered, if she was ok, what her location was and the most important question how was Michelle murdered?

Would an innocent man on a business trip not ask these questions? Wouldn’t he be horrified and frightened for his daughter? Would he not rush to the scene to find out all he could? Would he not want to know how his wife who was pregnant with their son died? Would he not ask about the unborn child she was carrying?

Also discovered were numerous emails to one of Michelle’s friends, in which Jason complains about Michelle often and expresses his love for the married woman. It was discovered he and this woman were having an affair and shared 980 phone calls and text messages in the month and a half before Michelle was killed. On the day of Michelle’s murder, Jason Young shared 50 phone calls with his mistress, the last call on his phone before the beating death of his wife, was to his mistress. The very first phone call the day after the murder was again to this mistress.

His infidelity is also present or alluded to in the warrant as other emails surfaced of Jason contacting one woman and claiming he was single. Another witness tells of a time Michelle found women’s underwear in her bed that was not hers and a lie Jason made up about the maid.

There are also email exchanges between Jason and his sister where he gloats about not yet being arrested and the good job his lawyers have done.

It has been almost 3 years and Jason Young has never talked with detectives, nor has he inquired about his wife’s murder case. He has never made a plea for the killer to be found and brought to justice. He recently was sued in civil court by Michelle’s mother for wrongful death. He lost the civil case because he did not show up and so by default he was found responsible.

When will Jason Young be arrested?