Who are they, and who are those kids?

In my previous post about Nixzmary Brown, remember I mentioned that the mayor was begging people to report if they know of or suspected a child was being abused? One lady did. Tracie Lee Dean saw a 3 year old girl in a convenience store on 01-15-06. She first saw her alone, and the girl said hi. That was all. She said she was first struck by the vacant look in the child's eyes and by her behavior. Then she saw the girl with a man, and said she just felt some tension there. She watched them get into their vehicle and copied down their license plate.

Tracie went home and felt disturbed by child. She started looking on some missing children's websites, and found a child that she thought might be a match in Ohio. So she called the detective on the case. Tracie felt that no one was taking her seriously. She called a police department and gave them the license plate number, and they said there was no problem with the vehicle (turns out the plate didn't match the vehicle it was on). After making several calls and feeling that she wasn't being taken seriously, she went back to the store and asked to see the security tape. While she was viewing it, a police officer came into the store and Tracie asked him to view the tape and told him the story. He agreed to investigate and that is what led to finding the little 3 year old girl. Doctor's say there are signs that she has been repeatedly raped. They also think her 17 year old brother may have been sexually abused.

The child is not the missing girl from Ohio. But she had been living a nightmare. The parents at first gave several false names to police. One of those names was a convicted sex offender. They are taking their fingerprints to see if they can confirm and identity for them. They may have been using the names of Jack Wiley and Glenna Faye Cavender aka Rose Wiley or Glenna Faye Marshall. They have presented themselves to area agencies as either common law husband and wife, and as a father and daughter. They are still investigating to find out just who these people really are.

The reason I really wanted to post this was not only because of the domestic violence aspect, and not only because of the 17 year old and the 3 year old. Though that would have been enough reason to post it.

But I also wanted to tell Tracie's story. She saw, she felt something was disturbingly wrong. She reported. She felt dismissed. But she didn't give up. She kept calling. And talking about it, until she finally got that police officer to listen to her. And thank goodness that she did. Because of her, these children are now out of that home. The point is, sometimes that is what you have to do. You call once, if you don't see any results, then you call again. Until someone listens. This girl was a stranger to Tracie. Yet she made it her business to step out of her safe world, and work for this unknown child. And because of Tracie, these kids are out of there.




  1. Bryan Davis said,

    August 13, 2007 at 7:40 am

    This is the deputy that listened to tracie lee dean

  2. August 13, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    Bryan Davis, if you are that deputy then my sincere thanks to you! I know with a vague story from a stranger, disblief must have been a first reaction, but you didn’t let that stop you. You are also a hero in these children’s lives. Has this case ever gone to court yet?

  3. Joey Silvera said,

    September 2, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    good story

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