Missing from their life

Worried relatives asked police to check on a 31 year old mother of three. Police responded to the home and found her deceased on Saturday. Police are not talking about the murder citing the ongoing investigation. But they said that missing from the home were the woman’s husband, Quincy D. Norton (I have also seen it written as Donald Quincy Norton) and the couple’s three young children. Some reports say the children were abducted at 1:36 pm on Saturday.

An Amber Alert was issued for the children, and they were found later at a relatives home (I have also seen it said that it was a friend’s home). The children were safe, and it was said that Norton had dropped the kids off there sometime earlier. The children are aged 9, 8, and 1 year old. 

Police say that Norton is a person of interest in the case and they would like to talk to him. Norton is believed to be driving a green Honda CRV, with California plates number 4PXB850. He is described as a black male, 6’2″ 230 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He is reported to have a tattoo of a panther on his upper right arm and a skull on his upper left arm.



Thankfully the children are safe. I am curious as to how they were able to assign a time to the time the children were abducted and what led relatives to contact police.

It is also curious that they are saying that the children were abducted. Unless a court has assigned custody to one parent, usually either parent is considered to have the right to custody of a child. Between the articles I read, the details that were given differed among the articles, such as times and names.

Three children, now motherless. Unknown what they may have seen or heard, and at least two of the three would be old enough to have some understanding of what was happening. They are old enough that they will retain some memory of having a mother, though the memories may become vague and undifined over time. The baby will grow however, with no memory of her mother. And someday she will learn what happened.

Every time I read one of these, I always wonder. Did the father have any glimmer of understanding of the hell he was putting these children through? Or was he so consumed with his own feelings, that the children never entered his thoughts until it was too late. Or did he even care.

As these children grow, their mother won’t be there for them. She won’t attend school functions and events. She won’t be there for their birthdays, their first dates, she won’t attend them when they are ill. She won’t be there when they marry, have kids, or any other of the milestones expected for a child. And if their father is convicted, he won’t be present either. Likely someone will step in to care for them. But there will always be someone missing in their life.



  1. Friend said,

    August 14, 2006 at 6:03 am

    i am a friend of the mother i attended high school with her, i am so hurt about what happened. she was a very beatiful woman and a very good mother. and it just hurts me to know that her children will never see her again( not in this life) i looked on the internet for any leads in the finding of the husband and he is not even in amercas most wanted or fbi’s most wanted it was like she never exsited waht is being done for justice for her children and her what?

  2. August 14, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    I had hoped they would have found him by now. One thing I do know is that just because it is not in the paper, doesn’t mean that they aren’t searching for him. Police have other means of searching, and very often they are working behind the scenes.

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