Troubled teenager on the run again

| 28/03/2018 | 32 Comments
Cayman News Service

Motesha Mothen

(CNS): Just two days after 15-year-old Motesha Mothen was found after running away last week, she has absconded again. The teenager, who is from West Bay but is currently staying at the Francis Bodden Girls Home in Bodden Town, attended the John Gray High School, where she is a student, in her uniform on Tuesday morning but did not return to the home in the evening. Police are once again asking the public to help track down the runaway .

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bodden Town Police Station at 947-2220.  Anonymous tips can be provided to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here,

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Has this girl been recovered by legal guardian yet? Will there be charges against those that harbored her against all of this media outcry? If not, why not?!?

  2. Oliver says:

    Are there issues at the Girls Home? I am surprise this young lady has the opportunity to run away for weeks at a time. Is this young lady trying to tell us there are things wrong at the girls home. Someone or Social Service better investigate.

    • Anonymous says:

      After hearing first hand about how bad social service workers are on this island I think you’ll find no visits will take place.

    • Anonymous says:

      No! this young lady is telling us that there is some pervert out there undermining the system. The people who are encouraging her or accommodating her runaways should be prosecuted

  3. Go Fish says:

    At the end of the day it is all about what the child want….. You have kids with good and stable homes and they still turn bad. Every situation is unique. Some of these kids have mental issues in which no stable home, good parenting, good teaching can fix. Also some times you have to allow them to fall to learn beacause teaching and preaching don’t always work……

  4. Anon says:

    No suprise there then.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Telecoms can probably find her smartphone in minutes. Then police can knock on that door, and (finally) arrest whoever is harboring her.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So she is 15. My guess world be half of Northward if interviewed we would learn that their mother was 15 or 16 when they were born.

    Children having children.

    Unexpected, unwanted pregnancies become unwanted children, who become neglected adolescents, who become criminals as young adults, who in later years become permanent guests of the crown. .

    Legalize abortion and maybe in two generations the crime will be under control.

    • Wan says:

      You had a valid argument until your last paragraph. I guess every fool sounds smart some times. . .

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s just one headline, use the Google, plenty of studies related to a decline in the crime rate in the US beginning 20 years after Roe vs Wade.

        But if these facts make you uncomfortable, how about increasing the budgets for sex education in schools, and lowing the age that the education starts, and increasing the access to contraceptives, and start jailing the baby daddies who won’t pay support as a deterrent to others.

        Deal with the root of the problem. Uneducated unwanted children are breeding a generation of unwanted children.

        • Anonymous says:

          A little known fact is that during the mass migrations to the USA, women deemed unsuitable for breeding were sterilised. I believe this to be a better option than abortion.

      • Anonymous says:

        The evidence strongly points to increasing abortion availability as being the best long term crime prevention policy. Takes about 16-20 years to start to really kick in.

  7. MM says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous; and please tell us where this child is being found when she is found? Have the individuals at the premises been interviewed or even charged? Has the mother been called to at least speak to her daughter and try to talk some sense in to her?

    From what I know of this girl’s young childhood the girl’s home is 1000% better and safer than where she was before the Government intervened!

    I like the boarding school idea another poster suggested – that would provide this girl with structure, discipline, education, safety and the professional, qualified staff to deal with her. Also, the change in environment and just being off this island for a new experience (I highly doubt she has left this island once in her life).

    Something has to be done; she is going to keep doing this and the police will keep trying to find her and Government will keep placing her back and they are simply waiting for her to turn eighteen and let her loose on the streets for good and say “she’s an adult now, she is not our problem anymore”.

    • Anonymous says:

      The police keep asking for the public help and all you hear in the end is that she was located and is safe and well. The public is sick and tired of this foolishness. As soon as she gets that itch she is gone again. Has anyone been charged for putting her up? This whole episode is a joke.

  8. Anonymous says:

    OK enough is enough is enough. I am not saying that I know anything about this girl’s troubles or what life might be like in the girl’s home. But this is enough use of resources. Surely someone can find an ankle bracelet like the ones used for house arrest with GPS. Problem solved #commonsense

  9. Fake News Caymanian says:

    There is a bigger issue here, over the next few years we are going to have a major problem with slot of our youths, as unfortunately certain parents really don’t give a crap about their kids and all we are doing is raising troubled youths.

    Solutions ( I’m not a professional but these are my thoughts)
    1) maybe we need to ship this young lady overseas to a boarding facility that can professionaly address this young ladies mental problems.( With the cost of school, say 40k pa, the police resources used this year to find her 10k, surely it would be cheaper to send her to the best boarding schools in the UK).
    2) I know there are a lot of mentor programs on the island, maybe there is a successful lady on the island ,who has been in this young ladies situation, that can mentor this person, showing her that dosing what she is doing now won’t help her later in life.
    Just a couple of ideas.

    Why do we have this problem on our island?
    Let’s be honest with ourselves, it a youth culture thing.over the last 20yrs our families, education have failed our youth.
    Look at all the young ladies breeding, single mothers, they believe that spreading Thier legs to secure a gangster man who really just wants to get some p…y, don’t want any responsibility just a girl to have sexual actions with. So it’s not just the girls we need to education, we need to educate our young males as well.

    Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be stopped in the short term, this a a project we will be working on for at least 2 generations of kids.

    If we don’t try to stop this now , watch and mark my words, our crime going to increase and we are all going to be shocked that girls will be committing violent crimes.

    • To the haters says:

      She can not be sent abroad because the caymanians with no knowledge of Social Work or any training in dealing with troubled children have the loudest voices and blocked this from happening.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If they get publicity and attention they will do it again.

    • Anonymous says:

      Which is why I do not understand why the local media report these stories as it only makes the problem worse.

  11. Anonymous says:

    For goodness sake! Can the members of government look into what’s happening at the Fraces Bodden Girls Home??? Too many of these girls run away! Something’s not right with the home. Bet it’s the staff gobernment hired without doing proper background checks.

    • Sure says:

      Of course it’s the staff. If it’s not the staff’s fault, it has to be the teacher’s fault. If it’s not the teacher’s fault, most likely the butcher’s fault. Probably not the butcher’s fault, so it has to most likely be your fault. Stop the idiocy and come to your senses. These girls are troubled kids (there’s a reason that they are there) that come from troubled families, if one may even call them that, who run away to meet up with their gangsta boyfriends or gangsta friends for a bit of fun. Please stop with the moronic comments that it’s everyone else’s fault but their own. Read “A Teacher’s” comments at the bottom of the comment section – it tells you all you need to know, the reality of the situation…not some made up b.s. grounded in fantasy that you are spewing.

      • Dunz says:

        Too right, the same person who would scream blue murder if staff put their hands on her to prevent her from leaving or tried to bring them back.
        The same person who blames staff but not the reason they are not at home.
        The same person who is silent about the persons who encourage them to run away rather than bring them back.
        That person should go and get an education.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ok enough is enough if this isn’t a sign of serious and severe early intervention being needed I don’t know what is! Clearly the girls home is not working send her somewhere specialized in dealing with kids with her issues and quick before it’s too late!

  13. Sure says:

    Sounds like she needs some disciplining. Can’t let kds run the asylum.

  14. Anonymous says:

    For effs sake lock the girl up. Now people should know what kind of stupid females we have in Cayman just desperate to be bred by whatever nasty gangsta comes their way. It’s a matter of pride to them because they never had any decent parenting. But let’s blame it all on the schools or on the government or on “society” or on Jamaica or foreign values. The truth is these girls/boys who were born innocent babies to utterly useless degenerate often criminal parents have not a chance of growing up to be anything worthwhile because from the first days they become aware of things they become aware of sluttish promiscuous mothers, absent fathers, different men regularly in their mothers bedroom ( and sometimes their bedroom too), alcohol and other drugs, shouting and fighting as a way of life, slapping and beating as the supposedly Caymanian way of disciplining, schools as a place for the adults to get rid of them for the day and not as a place to learn things, teachers trying to get them to conform to simple behavior patterns that they hate because they have never had to conform to any real standards of behavior in a home where the adults are either not there or are drunk or drugged.

    A Teacher.

    • Anonymous says:

      How could someone vote down such a great comment?

    • Anonymous says:

      This is one of the best comments about our social problems I have ever read on CNS. Could someone make sure Alden, Franz and Governor Choudary see it just so they have a concise view of what has gone wrong in Cayman?

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the cold hard truth. I personally thank the writer for having the courage to tell it as it is.

    • Anonymous says:

      8:01pm, just like the one who stole the motor bike, ran into a car, lost his leg. He was a nuisance at Any school that he attended, and his behaviour was tolerated. He should’ve been sent back to his homeland and not be a liability in my country.

      • Anonymous says:

        What happened to this guy? Is he still on island? Which primary school did he attend?

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