Lansing-area girl found after Amber A...

Lansing-area girl found after Amber Alert

There are 51 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Oct 29, 2008, titled Lansing-area girl found after Amber Alert. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

An Amber Alert is canceled after a five-year-old little girl was found Wednesday morning.

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#43 Oct 29, 2008
Hmmm wrote:
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I did say I saved text msgs, and EMAILS!! I have emails that are as long as 10 pages, WITH all of my replys to his father. Some of them are NOT so nice...and it blatantly states, THAT I AM THE ONE not allowing his father to see him. I'm trying NOT to keep this one sided. It's not fair, and I am trying to keep the playing field as EVEN as POSSIBLE. I have NEVER once bad mouthed my sons father to him...I talk about him with respect (As hars as it is to do so...) As far as it being 5th gradish, I dont agree with that really! My son, can read those emails and texts,(which by the way my phone also shows both sides of the convo MOST of the time) and be able to form his own opinion of his father. Obvisouly his father will try to charm him and buy his "LOVE" so to speak (as he thinks he is buying our son a bow and arrow and a laptop for Christmas)and my son being only 11 yrs will do just what you said you would do and defend his father til his death...WHAT CHILD WOULDNT?? I completely understand that. So he can tell our son that he loves him and misses him and whatever else he wants to say to him, BUT do you REALLY think he would tell him, "Yeah your Mom gave me chances to come meet you, BUT I chose HUNTING, or a date with a NEW GIRL over you?? I highly doubt it. I just want my son to have some insight. I mean if his dad has cancelled 3 times already...I cant help but believe he will only CONTINUE to do it...And I dont feel that my son should have to deal with that right now!! He has too much going for him to let this POS father knock him down right now. I'm sorry if I am coming off as being a B h!! I am just firm in my beliefs at this time...Im sorry things didnt work out for you with your father!!! I DO truly HOPE and PRAY that at some point my son and his father CAN have a relationship, but if it means that it starts when my son is 18 then so be it...
OK, your right. Just thought you might like to hear from a kid who didn't see much of their dad but loved him no matter what his flaws. My mom never said a bad word about my dad in front of me either, she knew, it was only a matter of time. She just didn't keep any evidence.
crimson

Grand Rapids, MI

#44 Oct 30, 2008
Mike in BC wrote:
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Then there is the other side, where the "fathers" want to be 'drop-in dads' and only see their kids when it's convenient- they don't want to be dependable, reliable, or responsible, then complain that they can't see their kids when they want. I am dealing with this for my step kid. Zero contact from dad for months, even years, then he wants to show up whenever he wants and expect the red carpet treatment.
Then, after a month or three of spotty contact at best, he falls off the face of the earth- leaving his mom and me to pick up the million little pieces of his son's shattered little heart. We are the ones who have to deal with the questions. We are the ones who have to try to figure out a way to explain to a 9 year old why his irresponsible, lazy, selfish, thoughtles sperm donor of a 'father' hasn't talked to him in months. We have to deal with a little boy's pain and heartache. We have to deal with the school when his grades drop and he acts out in class. We have to listen to him blame his mom because he doesn't understand.
Then, just when we get to a point of rebuilding his young life to a place he is doing good again, dear ol' daddy shows up and the whole chain reaction starts all over again.
That's why the FOC tells dads like him that they need to be proven reliable, dependable, and consistent before they will enforce a visitation order. That's why my wife told 'daddy' that she will not allow his son's little heart to be broken again.
Granted, some women are mean and vindictive, and I wish FOC would be less of a Friend of the Skirt and do what's right. But, a lot of what they deal with is drop-in dads. Those are the ones who give a bad name to the good ones.
I hear this same story so much from lots of people. I even lived it
with my kid. My deal I made with his father was
"help him out when you can just don't stop visiting with him and spending time with him. I knew his cost or living and bills he had. I figured I was being nice to not file child support. He didn't visit his kid, broke promises..ect. If there is one thing I can say to these kind of men is; I realize some of you men deal with witches but two minutes of her when you pick your kids up for visits is worth the
time with your children. If only you can see how painful it is for the children not to see you.
Try not to break promises. Like the other commenter said their hearts break and the mothers are the ones
to deal with it. Some mothers seem to use the kids as revenge. A man who doesn't make a good husband or boyfriend can still be a good father.
markie

United States

#45 Oct 30, 2008
As a very close friend to Dennis Baker and Brooklyn Baker, i can tell you that this was not a kidnapping case. Her mother has taken her from her father and abandoned her 3 times. After the last time, she was brought to lansing to live with her father in june. She has been living here since, enrolled in school, counseling, all with the mother's knowledge. He has been going through the system for the past few months trying to get custody of her before something like this happened. Her mother filed a false police report last week resulting in the warrant for his arrest. I was with them throughout the night and the amber alert and in no way was she in 'extreme danger'. But she will be if her mother gets custody.
Rhonda

United States

#47 Oct 30, 2008
I work in the emergency room so I see plenty of first hand results of bad parenting..and children who are harmed or neglected..The truth is exactly what the above poster Markie said..Dennis has had her in school, counseling, clothed her, fed her, and most importantly LOVED her..her mother is unfit and only wants to be a mother when she is otherwise bored with her life..she abandoned her in Chicago..and then provided the father with her Birth Certificate so he could enroll her in school..she knew where she was..and that she was safe..The Lansing State Journal reported that he did not return her from a visit..not true...her mother left her with her friends..who were complete strangers to Brooklyn..For those that want to say he should have worked within the system..he has tried since he has been in Michigan..it is truly sad that an Amber Alert had to be issued to finally have someone listen to his story..the fact that they did not allow her mother who is in Lansing at this time take her yesterday should tell everyone that CPS is questioning her parenting skills and most likely also investigating the false police report she filed.

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#48 Oct 30, 2008
Rhonda wrote:
I work in the emergency room so I see plenty of first hand results of bad parenting..and children who are harmed or neglected..The truth is exactly what the above poster Markie said..Dennis has had her in school, counseling, clothed her, fed her, and most importantly LOVED her..her mother is unfit and only wants to be a mother when she is otherwise bored with her life..she abandoned her in Chicago..and then provided the father with her Birth Certificate so he could enroll her in school..she knew where she was..and that she was safe..The Lansing State Journal reported that he did not return her from a visit..not true...her mother left her with her friends..who were complete strangers to Brooklyn..For those that want to say he should have worked within the system..he has tried since he has been in Michigan..it is truly sad that an Amber Alert had to be issued to finally have someone listen to his story..the fact that they did not allow her mother who is in Lansing at this time take her yesterday should tell everyone that CPS is questioning her parenting skills and most likely also investigating the false police report she filed.
Sounds like the mom is a crack head. Just glad the girl was safe.......I mean come on the whole "extreme danger" thing had everyone on their toes.
beep

Big Rapids, MI

#49 Oct 30, 2008
Praise God that this little one was found safe and sound! I am so happy for her family. Our children are such a precious gift to us and it's so good that this story turned out okay.
GVGirl

Allendale, MI

#50 Oct 30, 2008
Thank God that this girl was found safe and unharmed. A lot of stories like this don't have as happy of endings.
What The

United States

#51 Nov 2, 2008
Wendy wrote:
<quoted text>That is kind of ironic, because when I got a divorce (back in 2000) my lawyer and the judge NEVER asked us about custody, they sent us to the FOC. Also in order for us to get a divorce we had to go through a "Parenting" Session for a day...it was VERY informative and I think all people should have to go to it regardless if they have children before getting a divorce. I know so many single father's who cannot afford to do anything with their children by the time they get them every other weekend because they pay out their **** es in child support, it's ridiculous! It not only makes it harder on the opposite parent paying the child support, but it makes it harder on the child. A friend and I were talking the other day about this, the other parent should realize how hard it is on the child when they go to the other parents home for the weekend and not be able to do anything with that parent because the parent is poor as heck. A friend of mine pays about $400/week to his ex, he only gets about $100 per week after paying the child support...$100 dollars to pay bills and buy food and gas...how is he supposed to be able to do anything with his children?? The FOC is a joke.
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Holland, MI

#52 Nov 2, 2008
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kamzi

Charlotte, MI

#53 Nov 2, 2008
I'm glad she was found safe and sound. I heard about it through my mom who had been watching the news and new I was working when it happened and so, I was worried that I may have seen them and served them and not done anything because, I didn't know until 3hrs. after I got home from work Tuesday night.
cheeks27

Kirkland, WA

#54 Nov 22, 2008
i am the father...and i have the whole story...and if you want the truth back uped with documentaton...well i have it or you can just fllow the case and get the truth for yourself...my daughter's tayped intervew tells all....and then you can apoligize to me and brookyn...

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