Flashpoint: A child goes missing — what to do, Dante Hailey's triumph and Laurel House

Flashpoint
October 06, 2019 - 9:22 am
Mike Chitwood and Ed Iannucci.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about missing children.

In recent weeks, the story of 5-year-old Dulce Alavez's disappearance from a Bridgeton park has made headlines. She was allegedly lured away from her mother and has not been seen in more than two weeks. 

In Upper Darby, there have been numerous reports of child lurings near local schools. Plus, each week a number of teens go missing, and some are reported to be in danger. So what can parents do in the event of a missing child?

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood joins Ed Iannucci, owner of Kim's Karate who also runs the Safe and Sound Program, and Eileen Law, a CIA detective and president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Licensed Investigators.

Dante Hailey.
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The newsmaker of the week is Dante Hailey. Once known as Dante Wise, before his adoption, he was seven when his 5-year-old sister Charnae died in his arms. 

Twenty-two years ago, Dante and Charnae had been locked in a basement in the Fairmount section of North Philadelphia and starved by their drug addicted mother. Dante made headlines in recent months when a mural of his sister became the subject of an article. He shares his story of triumph over trauma. 

Beth Sturman.
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The changemaker of the week is Laurel House. Executive director Beth Sturman discussed the Montgomery County-based nonprofit, which provides support for individuals who are victims of domestic violence. 

The organization is hosting a luncheon on Oct. 16 at Overbrook Country Club. The panel will focus on the media and recent effort to bring the issue of domestic violence to mainstream discussion. 

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHP 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5.  

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