Ten year-old Lindsey Baum did not return home from visiting a friend just four blocks away on Friday night, June 26th. She was last seen at about 9:15 p.m. and was reported missing by her mother at 10:50 p.m. in the quiet community of McCleary, Washington.

Due to the lack of movement on the other cases being covered by this blog, it is time to add a new missing child. The case of Lindsey Baum seems to have captured the attention of the national news media, even though Michael Jackson died the day before.

Lindsey actually left home in the company of her 12 year old brother, Josh. She and Josh got into a fight over the use of his bike. Her brother was sent home by a neighbor.

Upon reaching her friend’s home, she found out that her friend couldn’t spend the night with her, so Lindsey headed back to her mother around 9:30 p.m.

The ten year old girl simply vanished without a trace. Unless Lindsey Baum decided to run away, she must have been the victim of a stranger abduction in a community where those types of things simply does not happen.

The press has tried to made a big issue over her father being about to be deployed to Iraq. However, the girl’s father lives in Tennessee which is a considerable distance from Washington state. And, has had no recent contact with his daughter. But, the father did fly to Washington to join the search for missing Lindsey.

This tragedy shows that life goes on. Little girls, like Lindsey Baum, can get abducted even while the country is mourning the death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Stories like this one need more air time. Time to stop the MJ madness, HLN.