Third teen on run from government home

| 15/06/2018 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Motesha Mothen

(CNS): Motesha Mothen (15) has become the third teenager this week to run away from a government children’s home. Mothen, who regularly absconds from the Frances Bodden Girls Home in Bodden Town, attended the John Gray High School yesterday but did not return to the home afterwards and has not been located since. Originally from West Bay, the girl was last seen at school shortly before 10:40am in her JGHS uniform. She has black natural hair, brown eyes and is of brown complexion.

Cayman News Service

Roseanna Redden

Meanwhile, police are still appealing to the public to help them find Roseanna Redden (16), who is also a Frances Bodden Home resident and has not been seen since Saturday. Taj Yen (16), who was reported missing on Wednesday, failed to return to the Bonaventure Home in West Bay, where he is currently a resident.

Cayman News Service

Taj Yen

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of these teens is asked to call the Bodden Town Police Station at 947-2220 about Motesha Mothen or Roseanna Redden, or the West Bay Police Station at 649-3999 about Taj Yen.

Alternatively, anonymous tips regarding any of these teens can be provided directly to the RCIPS Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777, or at the RCIPS website.

Tips can also be submitted via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Poor kids. What are they running from or to and who is hiding them? Do they really have no family in such a small community?

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is ridiculous!! Put ankle monitors on them!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can someone do a follow up investigation story on the girl? Someone running away this much is crazy and takes away from the seriousness of what could happen to her. Is she or the home at fault? Where does she go? Is she in an abusive situation? Should she be punished? Either way what’s happening now is not right and clearly not being resolved in any kind of satisfactory manner.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nah, the homes are filled with “troubled youth.” Several of them run away from school regularly. How is this the home’s fault? Their job is extremely difficult.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Would someone who knows like to enlighten the rest of us as to why this is happening and where these children are going? People on here seem to hint that it’s some sort of open secret. It’s obvious these are troubled teens in with the wrong crowd getting the wrong help for (some of) the wrong problems, seeking relief and safety where their parents, families and communities have failed them. These are the future gun owners and girlfriends running out the back door when the banging starts on the front door. But what is really happening beyond that? Where do they go? Which fence are they jumping? Which security guard is being paid to turn a blind eye? Which teacher is not making sure they get on the correct bus? Whatever the problems are, what are the details and why is it happening?

    • Anonymous says:

      Em there was no bus involved in all three. The teacher is in the classroom teaching not outside policing troubled teenagers and acting like security.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you quite understood what I was getting at. Their residence at this home and whatever treatment and care they receive is not going to be effective if they can escape it this easily. A child running away is always a cry for help. These children have already been identified as needing help which is why they are in this home. So what is going wrong, is my question.

        • Anonymous says:

          Actually, they have run away at school. I don’t think the home is wrong to send them to school.

          • Anonymous says:

            Yes, they need to go to school, and then BACK to the home! Both are run by the government! Do you mean to tell me the home has no responsibility to see that the children make it back home, and the school has no responsibility to see that they stay in school, and neither has any co-ordination with the other or responsibility to see that both transfers take place each day?!

  5. Anonymous says:

    How many alerts, and related community APBs and costs, does it take for a minor ward to qualify for a judge-ordered electronic ankle bracelet? Aren’t we already past that threshold, Roseanna? There has to be a limit to how many times you get to pull the alarm, or we are failing ourselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      They are not criminals. They are young people with multiple problems requiring help.

      • Anonymous says:

        And one way of helping them starts with keeping track of them. Having an ankle bracelet doesn’t mean you’re a criminal, it means you can’t be trusted to be where you’re supposed to be and need to be located in order to be helped. Which is precisely the situation at least two of these youngsters are in.

      • Anonymous says:

        And part of that help is keeping track of them. Either we can trust you (clearly not in this case), we can track you, or we can remand you. You and she can choose between the last two. – Tough Love

  6. Diogenes says:

    No one even blinks at these stories anymore, and the sad truth, no one cares until they end up in the news for criminality, then everyone puts in their two cents

    • Anonymous says:

      And calls them scum instead of realizing they never had a chance because it seems no one is a good influence on their life.

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