The father is charged with murder after making a false report about his 4 month old daughter as her remains have been found.
When someone should report "what happened" but instead tells us why they did something or why something happened, the sensitivity is increased. We color this in blue to catch the eye's attention.
Then, when there is a cluster of these blue words, we find the highest level of sensitivity in language. It is where our issue lies, and it is where we aim our interview questions.
Here, it is in the extreme by the father:
"She was in the car. I only stepped out to grab her some water because she was asleep. And I came back out because I needed my wallet -- it was like two or three minutes. I get in my car because my wallet was in her diaper bag…and she was gone,"
In 911 calls, guilty parties, themselves, need help. He does not ask for help for the baby, but for himself.
When the brain tells the tongue what to say,
the subject will choose from, perhaps, 20,000 words and in less than a micro second in time he must:
1. Choose which words to use
2. Which information to reveal
3. Which information to not reveal
4. Which words to use
5. Where to place each word next to another
6. Which tenses and pronouns to use
Consider how incredibly fast this process is. This is what gives out our advantage in discerning deception from truth.
As he called 911, the truth came out.
"I need a police officer, my child was taken."
He needed a police officer, not his daughter.
He referred to his daughter, not as his daughter, nor by name, but by the word "child" which is associated with risk. We say "child abuse" and "child molester" rather than "daughter abuse" or "daughter molester."
This tiny 'slip' told us the baby was in trouble.
Charles Crawford, 24, is in Clermont County Jail after he filed a "fabricated" missing child report for his daughter Kaylynn Crawford, Savalas Kidd, assistant agent in charge of the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said.