Five recovered, one still missing

Jessica Heird is 20 years old. She is 6 months pregnant with her fourth child.

In 2002  she was 16 years old, she was a runaway. She was found in  Las Vegas on a complaint of child neglect and her two children were placed with her mother. She ran away agains with Edward Leader who is now 37. Between them they have 6 kids. Heird has 3 and Leader has 3 from a previous relationship.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reportedly tipped off US Marshalls that the couple were in Mexico and that they were selling their children. Five of the children have been recovered. Some article's say that one of Leader's children is still missing in Mexico, some articles say that it is Heird's 18 month old daughter that is missing.

Now that Heird is in custody, the grandmother is waiting until she can bring her grandchildren home. It is unknown who the children were sold to, or for how much money.

Heird and Leader were already wanted on kidnapping chiarges for allegedly kidnapping the children from their grandmother. Charges cannot be filed for selling the children as that allegedly took place in Mexico.  The couple were taken into custody in Tijuana. They are now in  San Diego jails awaiting extradition back to Arizona.,2933,198185,00.html

Where do I start? At 16, she had two children. Some of the articles seem to indicate that the children were fathered by Leader, who would have been 33 at the time. Now if she had two kids by the age of 16, she would have had to have been at least 15 when she was pregnant (possibly 13 or 14 the first time, if the children were not twins). Was Leader ever charged with sex abuse? And if not, why not?

And how did Leader come to have his 3 children from a previous relationship? And what will happen to them now? 6 kids in the hands of these two "adults". I refuse to call them parents.

It is not clear which child is missing, either Heird's 18 month old daughter, or one of Leader's children. No mention of where the children are now or who they are with. And no mention of what the grandmother is going through.

First, you know she has to worry about that daughter. Running away, 3 1/2 children by the age of 20. Then when she gets custody of the grandchildren, the daughter kidnaps the children and disappears again. She then has to worry about the grandchildren again.

And what kind of a life have these children had? On the run, with two people like this? Then at some point they get sold to strangers. Now that possibly could have been an improvement in their lives, but somehow I don't trust the judgement of these two when it comes to finding a proper placement for the kids.

One child still missing. Unknown age, I hope that they find the child.


I have found what I believe may be the original missing posters for Jessica Heird and her two children from 2002 disappearance.


Two of the children                           


The missing child is Leaders 16 year old daughter. She is considered a runaway and is likely still in Mexico. The two youngest children were the ones who had been sold, and they have both been recovered and authorities say they will be returned to their grandmother.

Leader denies selling the children and he alleges that he went to Mexico to keep his children safe. He alleges abuse by his soon to be ex-wife toward him.

Leader speaks to the media. He denies selling his two youngest children. He also denies trying to force his 16 year old daughter Jenny Anna Leader to become a prostitute as investigators have alleged. Leader also denied knowing that Heird was a minor when he met her, then he said “She was 16, something like that. I don’t remember how old she was.” Leaders ex-wife says that she is going to file for custody of her children.


No clear motive

There was a dispute Sunday between Marilyn Ann Echols, 42, and Cedric Marice Love, 31. I haven't found a mention of what their relationship was, but they did have two children together. Also present was the children's grandmother Mollie Echols Carlisle, 59.

Police initially got a call about a shooting at 5:47 am. A minute later they got a call about an ambulance being needed at a different address.

When police responded to the area of the shooting, they found evidence that the shooting did occur there. But the victims were found at the address of the second call. They were found in their vehicle which had struck a tree. Police say they are not quite sure what caused the accident. They found Cedric Love near the scene of the accident.

Mollie Echols Carlisle, 59, was shot multiple times in the chest area around 5:45 am. She was pronounced dead later that morning at the hospital.

Marilyn Ann Echols, 42, was also transported to the hospital. She had been shot multiple times in the leg and  is in critical condition.

Police have arrested Cedric Love and charged him with one count of capital murder and one count of assault in the first degree.

Police say the motive for the shooting is not clear at this time.!news!localnews

I always wonder when there are children to be considered, if the person who caused the violence even thought about the affect it would have on the children. The children will learn that their grandmother was killed. And at some point they will learn that she died and their mother was injured, at their fathers hands.

I guess I should know. He didn't think of them, or their grandmother would still be alive.

He failed

Late Saturday night, 911 got a call. When they responded they found Candice Langston, 23 and her boyfriend Gary Miller, 26 outside Langston's apartment building wounded. Inside the Langston/Smith apartment deputies found the body of 45-year-old Sharon Smith, Candice's mother.

Reportedly, Candice's ex-boyfriend Thomas Johnson, 21 came looking for her Sat. night. She wasn't home, but her mother was. Allegedly after he shot Smith, Johnson left the building and ran into Candice and her boyfriend who were just arriving. Johson allegedly opened fire, wounding them and Johnson then fled the scene.

Authorities are now looking for Thomas Johnson. They say he goes by the nickname T.J. He is considered armed and dangerous. The investigation is continuing.

Candice Smith and Gary Miller were rushed to the hospital, where they are reported to be in fair condition.

Likely it didn't work out like he had planned. He arrives there looking for his ex-girlfriend and since she wasn't there, he instead shoots her mother. And during his getaway, who pulls up but his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. There is no way he could have planned on that.

So the person he came to see and probably to kill, is still alive. Grieving but still alive. And so is the new boyfriend. Probably not what he had planned.

Yet he is still likely to be tried for murder when he is found. Murder of a woman whose only "crime" was that she was home.

Now he may say it was "love" that caused him to do this. "If he couldn't have her, no one would". Just like in his planning, he was wrong. His ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend are alive. And it doesn't sound like "love". It sounds like rage, and control, and jealousy.

He was wrong. His ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend may be in a lot of pain. But they will recover and go on with their lives. Johnson, however may be looking at a trial and prison. He will have plenty of time to think about how he failed.


Thomas Allen Johnson, 21, has been arrested in New York and will be extradited back to Broward County to face charges of one count of 1 st degree murder and 2 counts of attempted murder.