Sometimes, a reward can give insight into what he subject (writer) thinks about the case.
We saw this in a case where suicide was suspected by the family, but this information was kept from the public.
There are such things as fake rewards being offered (see Baby Lisa) as possible tangents to the investigation, and attempts to make those suspected in the baby's disappearance appear 'concerned' for the child's welfare, and can be deceptive.
In this case, it is baby Delano, the "daughter, uh, son" of Willie Wilson, who claimed to have been knocked unconscious but his words indicate something else:
Willie Wilson is deceptive in his statement about what happened.
This is from a man identified as "Marlon Perkins" a cousin of the mother
"Anyone in Indianapolis can help out my cousin in her time of need. "This is real, and she needs all the help and assistance possible in the safe return of her son. I'm personally offering $10,000 for any information that leads to his safe return. Contact IMPD immediately with any information!!!!"
Please now see the statement posted, again, but with emphasis and analysis:
"Anyone in Indianapolis can help out my cousin in her time of need. This is real, and she needs all the help and assistance possible in the safe return of her son. I'm personally offering $10,000 for any information that leads to his safe return. Contact IMPD immediately with any information!!!!"
The subject is identified as Marlon Perkins, cousin to the mother, who gave the video plea that has already been analyzed.
1. Note that help is sought for "my cousin" and not for the baby.
2. Note that the statement does use Delano's name, which is distancing language.
3. Note the statement, "this is real", begging the question, "Why would anyone need to claim that a kidnapped baby is "real"? This may cause police to wonder if the subject knows or believes that the child is not kidnapped, and that the subject is either suspicious or knows that Willie Wilson has not been truthful. That "this is real" gives indication that it may be a fake offer.
4. Note the cousin's name is not used, either. (ISI: Incomplete Social Introduction) One may then wonder about the quality of the relationship between the subject and the mother.
5. "She needs" and not "Delano needs" or "the baby needs..." The baby's welfare is not mentioned.
6. Note the word "safe" is repeated, and the reward will be paid, not upon the baby's return, but "safe" return. We may wonder why the subject has added this word as a condition to payout.
7. "I'm personally" is not necessary and when taken with:
a. "this is real", it leads me to question:
* if this is a genuine reward and the subject actually has the money;
*if the subject believes or knows the child is not going to be returned "safely"
*the subject may be attempting to self-aggrandize, or even use this as a tangent.
There are enough indicators within this post to question the validity of the offer.