Throughout the years, there have been various cases of kidnapped children, such as Adam Walsh, Polly Klaas, Jonathan Foster, and others. When such a crime occurs, law enforcement needs as much information as possible, such as photos, descriptions, fingerprints, and DNA, if possible.
According to James Qualls of the Hutchinson County Sheriffâ€™s Office, it is the desire of his agency and other law enforcement that such a crime does not happen again.
â€śHowever, we must come to grips [with the facts that] this type of crime does occur,â€ť he said.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2011, parents are encouraged to bring their child to the Borger Wal-Mart for Operation Child ID.
The sheriffâ€™s office will obtain all pertinent information of the child from the parent. This information, along with a photo and fingerprints, will be placed on a card, and the card will then be given to the parent to keep in a safe place.
Deputies will also take a sample of the childâ€™s DNA, and it will be sealed in a plastic bag for the parent to place in the freezer.
â€śIf any of this information is needed in the future, it will be at the parentâ€™s fingertips,â€ť Qualls said.
For more information on Operation Child ID, contact the HCSO at 274-6343.