No attention

On Monday, Jennifer McKenzie’s father received a call from his grandchildren’s day care center. They advised him that the children had not been picked up. He went to the day care center, picked the 3 children up and then went to his daughter’s apartment.

Arriving at the apartment, he found the front door kicked in and his daughter lying on the floor with injuries to her head. 

Police are looking for David J. Allen, 24. Witnesses have reported seeing Allen chase Jennifer McKenzie into the apartment building. Police say they now have an arrest warrant for Allen, whose last known residence was a homeless shelter.

McKenzie had three daughter, 5 month old twins and a 3 year old daughter. Allen is thought to be the father of the three children. The children are now in the care of their grandfather.

I used to live in a small apartment complex. And I remember how often it felt that you could do nothing outside (and sometimes inside) without someone seeing or hearing what was happening. Being a private person, that was sometimes an annoyance. But at times it was more of a blessing, as I always knew that someone was close if there were problems. Now there is a type of etiquette to living in an apartment. You often saw what your neighbors did, you might even gossip about it a little. But you didn’t interfere in most cases. You lived too close to invite trouble. But somehow I always felt if it appeared to be a life threatening situation, people would at least call 911.

Witnesses have come forward saying they saw Allen chasing McKenzie into the apartment. But there is no mention of anyone calling 911, going to check on her, or of a police presence until her father came to the apartment.

Too often people see a couple arguing, getting violent, and choose not to interfere or even call for help.



  1. Magnolia said,

    July 14, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    So true,HSH. So many times John Q Public could choose to do something and prevent a tragedy, and all too often…it’s “none of my business”
    I miss the days of nosy neighbors…at least they were aware when something was out of place…and the neighborhood gossip was always around to interfere…in one way or the other. Sad commentary on our society today.

  2. July 14, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    LOL, as a kid I always resented those nosy old gossips. Only now do I truly appreciate their value.

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