Jenise Wright was a child of Neglect. I use the capital, "N" for Neglect, as intended to show criminal neglect. This was her life.
She was last seen Saturday night, at the age of 6, but was not reported missing until Sunday night. The parents explanation was that she often, at this age, wandered the neighborhood, as if she was many years older.
Most parents would panic not knowing where their 6 year old was in 5 minutes time, but for this family, the climate is foreign to caring adults.
Police know this was a murder:
Dep. Scott Wilson said, “This is going to be a criminal investigation, there’s no doubt about that. We
suspect that she just did not go off by herself and fall into some bushes and die.” At times, police appeared to struggle to control their emotions. They were hit hard by this case, as was the community.
Police hinted that there would be information gleaned from the autopsy, but previously tipped their hand by both removing the other children, and exaggerating the family's cooperation. Even if the child was killed by a local predator, the parents should expect charges due to Neglect, and Failure To Protect their child by providing supervision. Jenise was last seen Saturday night at her home.
Jenise’s parents have said they would allow Jenise to walk through the neighborhood on her own and thought she was out playing Sunday morning. When she didn’t return home Sunday night, the parents called police.
Her father, Jim Wright had previously been accused of sexually molesting two little girls, and ended up pleading to an assault. This, by itself, is terrifying.
He said, "My head’s just swimming, I don't know what to think. She went to bed, she was asleep. Wake up, she’s probably out running and playing,'
He tells us, not that he does not know, but doesn't know what to think.
"She went to bed" is straight forward and percentage wise, reliable. We can believe that he thinks she went to bed. "She was asleep" is also reliable as to what he thinks. Then, we run into a problem:
"Wake up" is to drop the pronoun. Here is why:
1. He does not use her name. This is distancing language.
2. He does tell us that she did go to bed and that she did go to sleep.
3. He is unable to tell us that she woke up.
This indicates that he wants us to believe she woke up, but in refusing to lie, is unable to bring himself to say it. He did not tell us that he thought she was out running and playing, which is something one would have to do awake. He cannot say she woke up.
Why won't he say, "She woke up"?
Why did he change to present tense?
If there is a story being told, it is often present tense, but in this case, it was past tense to begin with and then went to present tense, often an indicator of deception.
Is he lying due to Neglect?
Or, is he lying due to something far worse?
As to removing the other two children, this may be explained in one of several ways:
1. When a child goes missing and the explanation is suspect, as a precaution, Child Protective Services will often place the children, even voluntarily, with relatives. We saw this in the case of Sergi Celis, but did not see it in the case of Justin DiPietro, who's mother, a state worker, had a relationship of sorts with a Child Protective Supervisor, while two other mothers present for Baby Ayla's disappearance were, somehow, able to keep their children.
2. When police give CPS enough information to show that the children are "in immediate risk of serious harm with a likelihood of danger within 24 hours" (in varying language, state by state).
3. When the other children disclose abuse or neglect within the household.
In this case, the fact that they claimed to let the 6 year old wander the neighborhood speaks to "belief system" ; that is, something the parents do not even recognize as insane.