Alicia Chanta Moore
- November 2, 2012
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When Alicia Chanta Moore was reported missing, her family felt that the police didn't do enough to find her and their belief was based on the fact that this beautiful, young girl, was African American. The last photo ever taken of Alicia, was her leaving the bus and everything looked okay at that time.



When she didn't come home, Alicia's family knew something was wrong because she never had trouble such as running away from home. Alicia was a quiet girl and nothing in her room was gone or suspicious in any way. A friend of the family had this to say:

"I feel like personally, the police really dropped the ball"
Cedric Fisher

Alicia's family had questions as for why the Police did not go to the public about her being missing, sooner than they did. Along with feeling they waited too long, the family would like to know why an Amber Alert was not issued immediately. Police claim that when a child who is 16 years old goes missing, it is difficult to decide if the child has run away or is really in trouble or has just forgotten to tell the family where he or she is. Police said they are limited on what they can do because Hunt County is just outside of the Dallas Amber Alert area's regional program and that in order to issue an alert, it must be established that the child is missing against their will. Dan Busken said he was not able to determine that Alicia was taken against her will:

"We have a lot of work head of us in this investigation. We are only as good as our
most recent information. We have to verify things. We have to act on the information that we receive"
Chief Dan Busken

Your most recent information was that a child was MISSING. I don't care if that child was 17 years 364 days old, Amber Alerts are an important tool in finding children and need to be used as soon as possible, Amber Alerts can't work if children are not reported missing, PERIOD! Sadly, a news release was not issued until a day after Alicia went missing, the very next day, Alicia's body was found by a construction worker a trunk along the highway, only 35 miles from her home.

Some months before she disappeared,  Alicia's mother made a police report about a man named Terry Dwayne Ramsire  who she said had sexually abused her daughter.  Terry was charged with sexual assault on a child and indecency with a child by sexual conduct. Terry was in jail at the time of Alicia's disappearance, but police were going to question him to see if there was any connection with him at all, in Alicia's disappearance.

The co-founder of the Black And Missing Foundation, Derrica Wilson was not surprised to learn that Alicia's family was concerned about her not being reported missing. Derrica was upset that the case of Jessica Ridegway, who had disappeared in October of 2012 was immediately reported to the Amber Alert system:

"It was quite disturbing to us to see that Alicia's case didn't warrant an Amber Alert or
receive attention from national news, although it was very similar to Jessica Ridgeway's
case, the colorado girl who disappeared early October 2012 and an Amber Alert was issued.
We need law enforcement, media and our community to get more involved in these cases
immediately. Our children are not all runaways and that could be the reason so many of our
children are disappearing, the predators recognize that our missing children are classified
as "runaways", therefore, they think no one is looking for them. They are certainly not
making
the news"

Derrica added that African American families need to be willing to take their concerns to a higher level if they feel that things are not being handled right. Families have to be willing to take their complaints to Police Chiefs, Mayors, elected officials and commissioners. Groups like the Black And Missing Foundation are helping families as much as they can to deal with these situations.



School officials said that they tried to locate Alicia using her school issued IPAD, they were unable to do that since the IPAD had been reset and was considered untraceable at that point. Alicia's Aunt had put a notice on Facebook asking people to help identify the the person who was walking behind her as she exited the bus. This person could be the only clue to finding out what happened to this Angel.

Alicia's family said that she had dreams to go to college and to become and actress and her aunt made a plea:

"Do the right thing. Turn yourself in. That's all we ask you to do so we can get some sort
of peace from this situation. We're not here to judge you. That's not our job. That's God's
job.  Either someone threatened her to come with them or she was approached by some-
one she trusted"
Jessica Byrd

    

On November 10, 2012, a crowd of hundreds of people marching in memory of Alicia. From Graham Park to the very intersection where Alicia got off of the bus, the crowd shouted "I am Alicia. No justice, no peace". The crowed marched passed the home where Alicia lived and then back to the park where Police were going to talk about a program aimed at keeping children safe. Most of the crowd wore purple, Alicia's favorite color

UPDATE:

In May of 2013, Michael Vincent Moore, who was 57 years old at the time, was arrested at home and charged with capital murder in the death of his niece, Alicia Moore. Michael had been interviewed after the death of Alicia and he had this to say at that time:

"No one's been caught yet. We're still waiting for answers and that's really hard on us. It hurts sometimes but I'm over it now and it's time to rejoice. You know, you've got to get over it and
move on"


Bond for Michael was set at $10 million dollars. Michael and his father had been living in their home for about year when he was arrested. Michael told neighbors that he had been in to roller derby and was trying to get a book about his life, published. Michael was thought to be a good person because he was taking care of his father and he had been doing home improvement projects in the neighborhood to earn money:

"I never would've suspected anything like that, just by the way he keeps his place up and
everything. A nice, quiet neighbor, you know"
Malcom Boyd

"I can't imagine the pain they must be feeling right now. My heart just goes out to them and
as a christian, I would just say to cling to the lord right now. And it's really heartbreaking"
Natalie Bensten - Speaking about Alicia's family

I want to thank Laura for updating me on this story.

UPDATE:

Today is June 13, 2014 and while searching for updates on Alicia's story, I found the following:

I am unable to find a date for when it happened, but Terry Dwayne Ramsire, who was 49 years old at the time, was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for what he did to Alicia.

In September 24, 2013, three CPS workers were arrested on charges of oppression and tampering with evidence in the case. Laura Ard, who was 60 years old at the time, was a former CPS investigative superior who had retired, charged with on count of tampering with evidence. Natalie Reynolds, who was 33 years old at the time, a supervisor, charged with three counts of official oppression and one count of tampering with evidence. Rebekah Ross, who was 34 years old at the time and resigned on July 31, charged with four counts of official oppression and one count of tampering with evidence. All of the charges above are third degree felonies. These CPS employees were involved in the investigation of allegations of sexual abuse towards Alicia before she disappeared.

UPDATE: December 6, 2014 (Thank you Cat for this update)

In September of 2014, two years after the Hunt Country Grand Jury had indicted Laura Ard, Natalie Asubie Reynolds and Rebekah Thonginh Ross, the hearing was finally going to take place. All three of the defendants had entered pleas of not guilty. Attorneys for each of these three had filed motions to dismiss the the motions due to as they put it,  "the lanugage used in the allegations is not specific enough". The charge of tampering with the evidence which says that all three of the defendants had acted together were the problem:

"It does not stated what specifically is false in either the Risk Assessment or CPS case.
Ms. Thonginh has no way to knowing what specific factuatl statement is supposed to
have been false"
Peter A. Schuttle - Defense Lawyer

The following is quoted from the online news source: www.heraldbanner.com/

"District Attorney Noble D. Walker Jr. has filed a motion to amend the tampering with evidence indictments, adding a second count to the charges, which alleges that on Nov. 6, 2012, Aretha Moore was asked whether she had knowledge whether anyone in her household was the perpetrator or the victim of family violence, or whether anyone in the household the victim of sexual assault.

The proposed second count indicates that Moore was reported to have answered no to all three questions, ?with knowledge of the falsity of such entries and with intent to affect the course or outcome of the investigation.?

The indictments do not include any direct allegations that the investigation was connected to the murder of Alicia Moore, 16, of Greenville.

Michael Moore, the uncle of Alicia Moore, remains in custody in the Van Zandt County Jail and has pleaded not guilty to one count of capital murder in connection with the death. No trial date has been set in the case. Investigators have said DNA evidence ties Michael Moore to the crime scene.

Alicia Moore was last seen getting off of a school bus at the intersection of Walnut and Bourland Streets in Greenville on Nov. 2, 2012. Her body was found on Nov. 6, 2012 along FM 47 in Van Zandt County.

In three of the official oppression indictments, Reynolds and Ross were alleged to have acted together as CPS investigators to have subjected three separate individuals who were under CPS investigations ?to search and seizure that the defendant knew as unlawful? on or about Dec. 16, 20111, March 28, 2012 and June 14, 2012.

Ross was also alleged to have subjected a fourth individual under CPS investigation to an unlawful search and/or seizure on June 27, 2012. The tampering with evidence indictments are third degree felonies, whereas the official oppression charges are Class A misdemeanors which fall under the jurisdiction of the district court system."

UPDATE: February 24, 2015 (Thank you Karma for this update)

In February of 2015 Prosecutors in the case of Alicia Moore announced that three of the Child Protective Service workers who were accused of misconduct in the case, would go to trial on an unrelated case. Rebekah Thonginh was going to court on February 23rd due to allegations that she searched a home in 2011, illegally which is a misdemeanor charge of official oppression, this charge was only 18 months after Rebakah, Natalie Reynolds and Laura Ard were charged with misconduct in the case of Alicia.

A decision was made to delay the trial of the CPS workers and Alicia's family was upset about that

"Whatever they're going to do, they need to do it now"
Jessica Byrd - Aunt

Jessica met with the Prosecutor and through tears let him know the family was upset that they are upset about the fact that trial was delayed. After he meeting, Jessica was crying saying that the Prosecutors had indicated to her that they plan to make her sister look bad by implying that if CPS had in fact been doing their job, her mother would have lost custody of her. Jessica said that her sister was not a bad mother, but she was going to be painted as a bad mother anyway:

"The state wants to say my sister is a bad parent to win their case
against these CPS ladies"

This information was relating to the sexual abuse that Alicia was said to have suffered at the hands of a family member. A falsified risk assessment was filed by Rebekah and then signed off on by Natalie and Laura and Jessica said that actions they claim to have taken, were never taken:

"They're saying they came out and did this and they spoke to us
and they didn't"

Defense Attorney Pete Schulte said that the workers had done a quick investigation and found that the family member did not live in the same home as Alicia and a determination was made that there was no emergency in this situation after a Detective interviewed Alicia's mother:

"These workers are overworked. They have a lot of regulations, a lot of
bureaucratic red tape. They do their best with the cases they receive"

In the new case against Rebekah, a complaint came into CPS that a baby had been born in a home with no midwife present and had not been taken to the hospital:

"They were concerned about the welfare because the mother had a prior
CPS history and was an alleged drug user"

A Judge had granted an emergency removal and when CPS arrived at the home, the baby and the mother were no longer there. Rebekah started searching the home even though she had no authority to do so. A large amount of blood was found on a mattress and they did find the baby, though not in that home:

"They found the child in another house shortly thereafter, malnourished,
umbilical cord still attached with a ribbon around it and with Cocaine
and Meth in its system. They saved this baby's life, yet they're going
to trial on an alleged illegal search"

Rights to this baby were taken away from the mother and she was convicted of endangering a child.

Prosecutors would have to show that Rebekah knew that her search was illegal and Pete Schulte says that she had no idea that what she was doing was illegal having never been trained on the Fourth Amendment until ten months later. Hunt County's First Assistant District Attorney was the one who conducted the training and he was expected to be called to testify as was the Attorney who helped to draw up the court order. Prosecutors were hoping to block the subpoenas, though a Judge had not ruled on the motions yet:

"None of those people that are the alleged illegal search victims in the
indictments ever filed a complaint. So the question is, why are we wasting
taxpayer resources on a case that nobody else except the DA's office
wants to prosecute"
Pete Schulte

I am with Pete Shulte on this one. The life of a baby was saved, had a search not been done, that baby might have died. In THIS case, I believe that Rebekah did the right thing and should face no charges. If she is convicted, in the future, I can see MANY children dying because someone is not allowed to search for them.

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