David and karren parker were a young couple. David was a gradute of an independent baptist college. He met his wife there. He started a small church in a smal area. They just had a daughter named ellie.
The birth went very well. Mom and baby were released from the hospital.
One night, a group of people creaped into the smal house. They had cassed the property while the parkers were gone. They knew that they did not have any kind of secuity syistom. They picked the lock. They got inside the house.
The intruders wore all black. They tip toed to the nursery. They knew where the bed room was. They went inside. A short person picked up the baby.they moved out.
Karen could not sleep. She went into the nursery. She screamed. Dave ran in to the room.”ellie is gone! “She said.
David called 911. A police cruser arived within a short time. The officer came in.”we put ellie back in the crib at 1:00 or around them. Then karen came in a short time ago and she was gone. The blankets were disheveled. “Dave told the officer.
“How old is the child?” the officer asked. “Four days. “Karren said. A detective arived. Karen and david were questioned separately.
“David is an ordaned minister with an independent baptsist denomination. He pastors grace baptist church. He is 23 years old. Moved hear from new burn north Carolina. Karen 21 is from sallem orwgon. She moved to new bern then folowed him hear. No criminal records. No call from the police pryor. ” detective wheeler said.
They went back to dave. “Dave do you have any enimies?”the detective asked. “Not that i know off. “He said. “You involved in political issues? “Detective horsby asked. “Not really. We dont engage in protests or anything like that. I dont shy awsy from isues that may come up in scripture. “He said.
They intervued neighbors. The neighbors reported that the oarkers were qiet. One neihhbor reported hearing rustling of the trees. A dog barked .
The police tried to rule out the parkers as suspects. They searched the two cars they owned. They searched the house. They searched under the house and the property.
The police talked to the hospital staf that delivered the baby. None of the nurses saw any red flags. There were no signs of post pardom dipresson.
The church members were intervued. They had almost nothing to go on.
“What do we think?” the captain asked. “I think the parents killed the child. ” detective hornsby said. “That makes no sense. “Wheller said.”neither does anything else. Lets go with the most sensible conclusion . that is they killed there own kid. “Hornsby said.
“No way. There is no evidence of that. ” wheeler said. “It is the nist plausible? “Hornsby said. “We are arguing from silence. ” whealer said.
“I got something. The parkers are on a list of potentily abusive parrents. ” officer daigle said. “Give me more detail. “The captain said. “A website ran by former mayor wilson rudgeway colects list of potentialy abusive husbends or parrents. The site includes contributors who are former law enforcement including criminal profilers. “The officer said.
“What do they have?”whealer asked.”they are a member of a non afiliated baptist church. They refer to themselves as independent fundamental Baptist. He came form a baptist church in north carolina known for its rigid interpretation of the bible. The church is on the radar of the southern poverty law center. Aperently they have abusive tendentcies. ” the officer said.
“Are we going back to the parkers as suapects? I just dont see it. These people are pillers of the ccommunity . ” whealer said.
“I hardly call them pillers. How have they contributed to society? They are a cult. “Hornsby said. “Hold on. We are complaining about the young people these days. No ambition no goals. They keep there noise cleen. Fundamental Christianity may not be your cup of tea but they are hardly a cult. “Whealer said.
“Well lets talk to those behind the registry. Maybe they have insight. Wilson ridgeway is a legend and a friend of this department. “The captain said.
“David parker is on our radar. Fundies target smal town. Especially ones with high crime . places where industry once thruves but moved out. High population of white fokes. In my estimation patker is a tiking time bomb. ” ridgeway said.
“Your group beleves that indoctrination in child abuse.”whealer said.”Fundies have babies for the express perpose of mantaning there strain of Christianity. It is religious eugenics. “Ridgeway said.
“Wanting to pass down your views is hardly abuse. I passed down my love of fishing to my kids. Is that not a kind of indoctrination ?”he asked. “This country is founded on fredom. Children should be able to chart there own course without interference. “Ridgeway said.
“Every parent has expectations. Using your philosophy, every patent enploys indoctrinatination. a ‘fundy’ argue that you inationoctrinating your children by pasing on your philosophy. “Whealer said. “I give my children the chance to acept or reject my views. I present my views as my opinion. I dont claim my views ate devine. “He said.
The cops got a break. A tip came in.a neighbor of a young lady reported her sudenly having a child. There is no evidence she had been pregnent or had a boyfriend.
“Mrs ames is mistaken.” annie ross posner said. ” other neighbors corroborate her story. They verify seing a baby. ” whealer said. ” she is a friends baby. I was baby siting.” she said.”where is yhe baby now?”hornsby asked.
“She is back with her mom. “Annie answered. ” we will need to speak to her mom. “Whealer said. The detectives went to the home. The lady in question was gone. It seams she had moved out.
“We are looking for laurie mceverit cassey. She is 20 years old. Sosiology majer. She has ties to Oregon and Nevada. “The captain said.
Laurie was picked up in a nearby sate. The baby was not with her.she was extradited. The cops went to intervue her. She was clad in an orange jump suit. ” i am a political prisoner.”she said.
“How so?”whealer asked. ” i did what i did to stop child abuse. “She said. “Look the parkers are fine people. ” whealer said.” if his name was Mohammed not David would you feel that way. How is david Parker any different then jim jones or david koresh? “She said.
“Did you kidnap baby elie?”hornsby asked. “I was not involved in tje liberation. I provided a safe house for those who did.”she said.
They discovered a group that called themselves free Genevieve. The group was started to stop indoctrination of children of religious families . Genevieve was a baby caught up in a child custody case. Her mom was converted to Christianity her farther was a vehement atheist and tried to stop her from taking his child to church The case has developed internet groupies who call themselves free Genevieve or free jeny.
The police was able to get acess to members of this group. They found elie alive and well in Missouri at the home of a member of the group. There were mass arest.
Wilson ridgeway tried to get the courts to block elie’s return to her patents. The courts refused. The parkers were herased. They decided to close down the church. They moved to the east coast and avoided social media.