At around 3:30pm on Monday night a 9 year old autistic girl, Kristina, went missing from her home in Arvada. I saw news reports, I saw the tweets coming from the local news stations (here is the news story)…
Tuesday morning at around 8:30am I was taking Jonesie to school and had Joe with me too. The DJ’s on Alice 105.9 were talking about the girl and the fact that she was still missing.
And then a woman called. And she said something along the lines of “I saw this girl last night at around 4:30ish at 58thand Kipling.” (Let me tell you, this is a very busy intersection.) BJ (radio DJ) asked her if she was wearing a red Mickey Mouse t-shirt, as the missing girl was reportedly wearing, and the woman said she was. She went on to say how the girl looked lost, and she was kind of in the street. AND THEN she said she honked her horn. You know… to get the girl out of the street so she didn’t get hit.
And she went on her way.
She noticed that the white Jeep behind her slow down a bit, but kept going.
BJ asked her if she called 911 or anything. She said that she had just now called and was waiting to hear back from someone.
Joe and I kind of looked at each other like “are we… did she… are we really hearing THIS?” I asked him what he would have done. He said, “Well, I wouldn’t have picked her up because I would be scared but I would have called 911 for sure.”
Fast forward 4 ½ hours and Kristina was found dead at a construction site less than ½ mile from the intersection of 58thand Kipling. (Cause of death isn’t confirmed just yet and no foul play is suspected, but early reports are that she drowned in some water at the site.)
When I heard the news I was devastated and angry. Devastated for the family that lost their little girl, and angry that NO ONE did anything to help her.
Let me not mince words when I say her life could have been saved last night. And NO ONE did a thing to help her. Clear choices were made not to do anything, but to let her “hang out in a street” per se.
What has happened to society that a 9 year old little girl that looks lost, who is “kind of in a busy road”, who causes cars to slow, who even prompts a honk….. gets passed by? Gets left to die? I cannot even wrap my heart or my head around this. How anyone can pass by a child. I am disgusted.
It is very difficult for me to not to point the finger at the woman who called the radio show, boasting that she had seen Kristina because she didn’t kill Kristina but she did have it in her power to save her life. And so did everyone else that drove right passed little Kristina.
Kristina’s death cannot be in vain. YOU all have a responsibility. No one is immune from providing our children with a SAFE environment no matter how busy you are or where you need to be.
It is better to make the call and be wrong than to have done nothing at all. Case. In. Point.
RIP Kristina Vlassenko. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kristina’s family, friends and the bus driver, Liz Garcia, that joined in the search. Clearly this has touched many lives and it DIDN’T NEED TO!