First the good news folks. 5 year old Christopher Campbell has been found and his kidnapping father is under arrest. Michelle Hunter has the story for the Times Picayune:
A New Orleans man wanted for simple kidnapping in connection with the abduction of his 5-year-old son was arrested in Minnesota this afternoon, according to authorities.
Christopher Scott Campbell, 37, was taken into custody by an unidentified law enforcement agency, said Lt. Michael Fejka, an investigator with the Harahan Police Department.
Few other details were available Tuesday afternoon, but Fejka confirmed that Campbell’s son, Christopher William Campbell, has also been found and is with a Minnesota social worker.
“They found my baby,” shouted Monica Campbell, 34, Christopher William Campbell’s mother. She had been tensely waiting for news since June 27, when the boy’s father violated a court-ordered custody agreement failed to return him after a weekend visit.
Unfortunately Ms Hunter is also a serial excuse maker for inept Jefferson Parish law enforcement as the Slabbed Nation no doubt recalls her carrying water for DA Paul Connick and his political hack sidekick Norma Broussard in the Craig Codina case. She does it again and we’re calling bullshit as we continue:
Authorities tried to submit the case for an Amber Alert on June 29, but were told the cause did not fit the criteria because the the child was not in any danger, Fejka said.
I spoke with Bryan at ProjectNOLA.com in depth on the Campbell abduction as he became involved at the request of Monica Campbell. Bryan isn’t just a talker either. He is a doer as he interceded on Ms Campbell’s behalf with the Harahan PD, the NOPD and the FBI, personally accompanying Ms Campbell to those law enforcement agencies. The Harahan PD did their best to ignore Ms Campbell and the detective assigned to the case would not see her until she literally camped out on the steps of the department. The dirty little secret of course was they did not issue an amber alert, a fact Bryan was able to uncover by speaking with the person in charge of the Amber Alert system at the Louisiana State Police.
The Harahan PD threatened to sit on the investigation because Ms Campbell raised a ruckus and Bryan was threatened with arrest, ostensibly for interfering with an investigation that was at that point non-existent. I later found out the elected police chief is term limited and is running for City council so he didn’t want his department’s little screw up made public. That’s right folks, Chief Peter Dale was willing to serve up a 5 year old so his political aspirations were not compromised and that is the story behind the story that you would never hear if it wasn’t for brave citizens like Bryan. He also told me the Harahan PD was not the first local law enforcement agency to pass such a threat against him because ProjectNOLA.com was holding folks accountable.
Bryan has my cell phone and the Slabbed Nation has his back should he be threatened again. Special thanks goes to an Angel in the Slabbed Nation that was able to move the Harahan PD off stupid and get this boy home safe to his momma.
Bryan and the Angel get well deserved props as I again share the motto of Slabbed.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead