I am unable to ascertain if she referenced the child in the past tense, as the audio is inconclusive.
See the video above.
Note the absence of the child's name:
“Please, just please bring my baby back. He’s just one month old. I love my child. I just gave birth to him, he is my one and only son, my first born,” Perkins said. “I just want to know why. Why would you take my baby? Why can’t you just drop them off somewhere safe so I can see him healthy again?
His name is avoided, which indicates distance.
a. my baby
b. my child
c. my son
d. my first born
e. my baby
These have the possessive pronoun, "my" attached.
Please note that she wants to know "why" rather than where her child is.
Does she know more, or does she suspect the father?
Note that the word, "child" is often associated with abuse/neglect.
She does not talk about where he might be, if he is being well cared for, and so on.
"healthy again" Does she know he was not healthy? Was he a neglected child?
“I don’t wish this on other parents. I’m too young to be going through this. I just got my job two days ago. I was going to provide for my baby,” she continued. “He means the world to me and his dad. We are good parents. We work hard. We work really hard to provide for a child. And for you to take him away is just tearing a hole in my family and in my heart he doesn’t deserve this. Please, please let my son go.”
Note that there is emphasis and sensitivity about work.
Note that the child's name is not used.
Note that no concern is expressed for the child, other than he does not deserve this.
note that we work hard to provide for "a" child and not her son.
Note "in my family" comes before the mother's own heart.
The boy’s father, Willie Wilson, told police he was walking in the alley of the 1400 block of Henry St. around noon when two people approached him, pistol-whipped him and then took the boy.
Police were looking for an unknown white male, 25-30 years old, 5’6”-5’9”, tall/medium build, short brown hair, wearing a black do-rag, red t-shirt, blue jean shorts and red, black and blue tennis shoes. He was accompanied by a Hispanic female, 25-30 years old, thin build with long brown hair, wearing a green shirt and matching green hoop earrings. They were last seen driving a older model blue 2000-2003 four-door Ford Taurus.
Wilson was arrested Wednesday night on a possession of marijuana charge, police said, although the arrest has no bearing on the Amber Alert case.
Anyone with information should call 911 or contact IMPD at 317-327-6540.