My turn: Solid efforts to bring a kidnapped child home - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

My turn: Solid efforts to bring a kidnapped child home

Douglas Edwards during his first court appearance. (Source: WECT) Douglas Edwards during his first court appearance. (Source: WECT)

The news cycle moves fast and a lot of things can happen in a week. But as new details come to light of a recent kidnapping incident, we now know that two things are standing out:

1. The community really stepped up to identify a potentially dangerous situation.

2. Law enforcement did an incredible job rescuing the little girl.

Many of the details will eventually come out in the court case against Douglas Edwards, but we have already learned the convicted sex offender is accused of staking out this particular neighborhood. These are things you typically only see on TV dramas.  

Most kidnapping situations involve relatives or a custody dispute, but this is the type of incident that paralyzed many neighborhoods in the late 70s and early 80s. 

Kudos to those who spotted something odd about this person and contacted police. Many are being credited with helping this little girl in those crucial first hours of her going missing.

And we may never know the extent of the operation, but the final moments of the rescue that our camera caught show a determined and diligent effort by local authorities in trying to bring this little girl home. 

It makes you proud to live in a community that doesn’t want to rest until all of our neighbors are safe and sound. 

That’s my turn. Now it’s your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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Emailed comments from viewers:

Why did they wait so long to issue an amber alert!  That child could of been found much sooner.  It should not mater what the situation is with parents or relatives or strangers... When a child has been taken it is  critical that an amber alert be issued.  Someone out there needs to remedy the situation of when to issue the amber alert.  I work at the hospital, can you imagine me waiting to call a code until everyone had researched family medical history and was sure of every potential thing that should be done before we called a code.  We would not be saving lives or ensuring quality outcomes if we did that.  The same goes for waiting for inviting an amber alert.  I have heard this is everywhere not just here in NC.  Someone needs to take the bull by the horns and resolve this.  Just my opinion.  


Your comments on the community efforts to rescue the kidnapping victim was inclusive of both the safety officers and the neighborhood and their working together.  The importance of community and safety/law enforcement working together is usually missing in the media coverage which many times emphasizes the separation.  Your segment needs to be attached to the regular news segments throughout the day which would give balance.  Thanks for your comments.

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