Mother of missing baby standing behind father named person of interest
Matthew Graham has been named a person of interest in the case of his missing 6-month-old daughter, Ember Graham. However, authorities are also saying they have not ruled out that the little girl was abducted.
Graham's wife, Jamie Lee Graham, believes there's no way Matthew had anything to do with their daughter's disappearance.
"He loves her more than he loves me. He loves that little girl more than I've ever seen anybody love somebody. He is the most dotting dad, he will change as many diapers, he's so patient with her. There's no way he did this. There's no way."
The words "this" and "that" can give us insight into distance, whether it be geographical distance or emotional distance.
In this case, "that little girl" is distancing language as the child's location is not known. Yet "that little girl", being 'far away' geographically might not lead a mother, particular a mother due to natural maternal instinct, to distance herself from her child. Might she say, "He loves my little girl more..."?
The distancing language is interesting because it suggests that the mother may not be as convinced that the father is as innocent as she would like to believe. We sometimes assert things we wish to be true, or even when we assert deceptively, we can give ourselves away.
Mothers of missing children are full of hope and struggle to accept anything but a positive ending. This is why we flag past tense verbs.
A mother close to her child is not expected to say "that" little girl because of emotional closeness even while geographically apart due to the extenuating circumstance of not knowing where she is.
Regarding the case, "this" is close; indicating a closeness with what is going on; the missing child.
The case, itself, is up close to the mother, while the child, herself, is distant from her.
Jamie believes someone took her daughter. She said her baby girl is at risk, wherever she is, because she has epilepsy.
"Whoever took her didn't bring her medication. I don't know what's happened to her," Jamie said with tears in her eyes.
She did not say, "Whoever took her didn't take her medication", but used the word "bring", instead. This is not expected.
Does the mother have an idea of who may be behind this?
Does the mother have doubts about the other, Matthew Graham?
Shasta County Sheriff's Office would not elaborate on how Matthew Graham may have been involved in Ember's disappearance, but they did say the information he provided to them "inconsistent."
Family members of Matthew Graham said investigators aren't on the right track.
"I'm frustrated that they are focusing on him. I think that they need to start seeking out, searching outward and stop focusing so much on him, because he didn't do it. There's no way," Jamie Graham shared.
It would be interesting to learn what "it" is; is it "missing" or something else?
Investigators said inconsistencies in Graham's stories have led them to move their search from the area around Graham's home on Noosha Lane to the area of Clear Creek Road from Cloverdale east to highway 273.
Matthew Graham reported Ember missing around 5:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Graham said he last saw his daughter in her crib around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Graham is being held in the Shasta County Jail on a probation violation.
His father has said he does not believe that his son would have done anything to hurt Ember.
Jamie and the Graham family have spent the majority of Friday passing out flyers around the Northstate in hopes of getting the word out about missing 6-month-old Ember.
Does she suspect him even as she tries to deny this?
"When you go to the grocery store and happen to see a baby, just look over just make sure it's not mine. Just do anything you can to find my baby. All I want is her home. That's it. I don't care who did this. I just want her home," an emotional Jamie Graham explained as she wiped away tears.
Investigators have shared an image of Graham's truck, and are asking for anyone that saw it in the Clear Creek Road area on Wednesday night and saw the truck to call them at 530-245-6135.
There's a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Ember's disappearance. You can call the Shasta County Secret Witness at 530-243-2319. There is also a tipline where you can report any anonymous information at 530-229-8209.
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