I finally got the investigator working H’s case on the phone today (he had been on vacation last week). He basically told me that unless and until he can get an interview with H in which H tells “his side of the story,” then “there is no victim.” (Yes, he actually said that.)

I tried to explain to him that H has suffered a major brain injury and isn’t currently capable of giving an interview that would be of any real use whatsoever, and he suggested that this scenario means the investigation will likely stall out completely. He also told me he hasn’t spoken with several of the major players in what happened that day, even though we’ve given him lots of information about them and what we think their roles were in H’s injuries, based on the conversations we’ve had with H’s friends.

What about murder victims who can’t tell their side of the story?

I recognize and accept that my son’s involvement with drugs led to him being in a situation where this could happen at all. He bears some responsibility. But this didn’t give others the right to assault him or leave him for dead, unconscious and without sufficient oxygen to his brain. I don’t want these people to do this to someone else’s child who happens to have a drug problem, and who with the right intervention, could recover from that addiction and go on to have a happy, healthy, productive life.

This is beyond frustrating, but I will NOT let the issue drop.

Social Media + Amber Alert: help find baby taken in violent kidnapping

An Amber Alert has just been issued in Tennessee and across the region after the violent kidnapping of a Nashville newborn.


The details are particularly disturbing. A woman posing as an immigration official came to a Hispanic woman’s home and demanded that she hand over her baby. When the new mother refused, the kidnapper stabbed her at least eight times and disappeared with the baby. You can find identifying information and more details by visiting the Amber Alert website, and I am sure there will be Nashville-area reporting and blogging within the hour that will offer more info that might help find this baby.


A TN Statewide AMBER Alert has been activated by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for 4 day old Yair Anthony Carrillo. He is a Hispanic Male with black hair and brown eyes he is wearing a blue and white striped onsie.

The child was taken by a white female who was posing as an immigration worker. She had come to the residence and demanded the mother give her the baby. When the mother refused to comply she stabbed the mother approximately 8 times. The subject is approximately 30 years of age and 5’4” tall and is heavy set. She has blonde hair and it is pulled back into a pony tail. She is wearing a black blouse and blue jeans. The female was driving a black 4 door sedan that was described as looking like a police car.

If you have seen the suspect, vehicle or child, please contact the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department at 615-862-8600 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Please spread the word about the Amber Alert on your own blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc. Social media should be playing a bigger and bigger role in the already proven effectiveness of the Amber Alert system, and we all have a role to play in making that happen.