Not many local and state police officials have heard of the Doe Network. They have not dealt with many cases involving unidentified victims, so they have not been seeking the network’s help. But most officials said they are appreciative of help from agencies outside law enforcement.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said that the department would have to first do a background check on the Doe Network to assure its credibility.
It’s the Thursday afternoon before the Big Day, and Angela Pulis is almost ready.
She’s prepared for this day since September, when she joined a cheerleading and tumbling class in Columbia. Every Wednesday, she practices her movements and jumps. And all of this mid-March week, Angela and 15 other sixth- and seventh-grade girls at Hallsville Middle School have spent almost two hours a day in a pre-tryout clinic, because cheerleading tryouts are on Friday.
I just had my horde of grandchildren over for Easter brunch and our annual egg hunt. I’ve got quite a spectrum of sizes, shapes and personalities. But sadly, only two of the 14 are still considered babies, and both are teetering on the brink of childhood. I love being a grammy to babies. I love rocking them and making them coo. I also love the fact that they are not mobile — and they sleep a lot. But once they take those first few steps, infancy is pretty much over. Within days, they’ve gone from tentative to racing through the house. And from what I’ve seen of the 12 older kids, they don’t slow down until they hit their teens. Then they become slugs.
My youngest grandchildren were born six months apart. The two boys are 2 and 2 ½ . Both mothers are doing their darnedest to keep them in babyhood. Both are still in diapers, but I watched as the 2 ½ -year-old snuck behind a couch and grunted. His little face turned red as he strained in concentration. Then he walked up to his mother and said, “I pooped in my pants, Mommy. Change my diaper.”