hopefully an estranged parent. not that its good an estranged parent would take a child, but the alternative thought: that some total stranger went into a house and took a kid, is a far worse thought
I watched the news last night and the more I learned the more sorry I felt for this poor little boy. Woke up thinking about that child. Couldn't he have been in Head Start or another Day Care program where he would've been safe - at least part of the time?
I thought the same thing Millie, that no one saw him at all?!?!?!? I know if I saw a child alone on a street, I would stop, watch him and try to find his family. Even strangers would have helped get him home. The story just doesn't make sense. How terrible a life this boy must have experienced so far. Burn Marks?? How terrible.
The more time that goes by makes me feel like there isn't any hope of finding this little angel alive. I think the mother knows what happened and is also afraid of the boyfriend. If in fact this guy is found guilty without a shadow of a doubt he is a good example of why the death penalty should be in effect.
I FOUND THIS ON LINE TONIGHT TRYING TO FIND AN UPDATE ON MARC.
"I'd like to provide you all with an update on Marc Anthony Bookal.
He is still missing as of this evening (12/23/09). It's a very bad situation for the family. He has three siblings who are having trouble with all of this. His mother, Christina, is also taking it quite badly. I was with her last evening to discuss her family's needs. She's far to upset to continue working which has posed significant hardship on the family. She is a very sweet girl who has worked for the same nursing home for the past ten years. She is a hard worker and is extremely well liked by staff and patients alike. Her friends at work are presently taking shifts staying with her. As many may not know, the hardest time for the parent is when they go to bed.
My foundation (The Carlie's Crusade Foundation, Inc.) has posted a significant reward for information leading to the return or recovery of little Marc. While some rewards will only pay for the safe return we will pay even if he's deceased. We want to get every one looking in every vacant building, nook and cranny. The area that must be canvased is large and the police don't have the manpower. We want Ms. Bookal to at least have her little boy back so that the healing process may begin and to provide further forensic evidence to police.
We spent the past few days meeting with businesses, stores and restaurants throughout the Newburgh area in an effort to raise money for food, rent, Christmas presents and to cover other expenses since she cannot work. The effort has been very successful as we have raised about $1,700 over the past two days... just beating the streets for donations. Please refer to the following articles for information on our reward and efforts:
At the Carlie's Crusade Foundation, our mission is to prevent child abduction through education, knowledge and training. Our staff consists of martial arts instructors, personal protection instructors, AWSDA certified rape defense instructors, computer forensic examiners, police officers and former sex-crime prosecutors. We provide instruction to kids, teens, parents and school officials through physical education programs and general demonstration assemblies in the areas of computer crime. To date we have provided "hands-on" training to over 38,000 kids in lower New York State.
Anyone can contribute to the family through our website at www.CarliesCrusade.org. Our foundation is a not-for-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the federal tax code and is registered with the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau. All donations are tax deductable. We accept checks and credit cards through PayPal. You may direct your contribution to be added to the reward or to be used to assist the family with rent, food, clothing, Christmas presents for the siblings and other expenses. To speak with someone at The Carlie's Crusade Foundation please feel free to contact us toll free at (800) 496-6720 or (845) 236-4984.
Help us bring Marc home. Thanks for your consideration. God bless you all and Merry Christmas."
Robert Clydesdale, Board Member
The Carlie's Crusade Foundation, Inc.