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If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now

Posted by KindraLore on January 19, 2007

Shawn Hornbeck and his parents, Craig and Pam Akers appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday. (see previous post for picture)Craig and Pam Akers said that although Shawn has not discussed many details regarding his time in captivity with Michael Devlin, they believed their son was sexually abused.

During an interview with Oprah Winfrey on a show that aired Thursday, Shawn’s parents said they have not asked their son what happened on the advice of child advocacy experts.

“OK, I’m going to go there and ask you, what do you think happened? Do you think he was sexually abused?” Winfrey asked Shawn’s parents, Craig and Pam Akers.

Both nodded and said, “Yes.”

The parents of a kidnapped Missouri boy said Thursday they believe their son was molested during the four years he was missing, and his grandmother claimed his captor had awakened the boy every 45 minutes, apparently as a way to control him.

Shawn’s grandmother, Anna Quinn of St. Louis, told the AP Thursday that the boy has not spoken Devlin’s name, and that he has said little to relatives about what he went through. But Shawn did tell his family that at times during his captivity, he would be awakened every 45 minutes by his captor.

“Think to yourself when you don’t get enough sleep,” Quinn said. “He had to do something to get his cooperation.”

“If it wasn’t for Ben, I might not be here right now,” Shawn said. “I’m thankful that he held in there for those few days. I told myself a long time ago I never wanted any kid to go through what I went through.”

On another note, Devlin appeared via a closed-circuit video link during Devlin’s arraignment, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 in Union, Mo. Devlin pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping Ben Ownby, 13. Reason noted for the video appearance was for security reasons.

According to reports Devlin will have a hard time with his case since he had previously confessed. His lawyers are already vying for a change of venue, stating that because of all the publicity, Michael Devlin will not be able to get a fair trial. (umm maybe they should conduct the trial on the space station because I believe everyone has heard of this case unless you are living under a rock)

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O’Reilly Eating His Words – Prosecutor Says Shawn was abducted against his will. Period. End of story

Posted by KindraLore on January 18, 2007

(Shawn pictured in the middle sporting a new hairdo on the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show, along with his parents, Craig and Pam Akers)

Today’s latest story sheds more light on the Shawn Hornbeck case. Ironically, according to a Fox News Station in St. Louis, MO, Shawn was abducted at gun point and held against his will:

And while some may wonder why Shawn didn’t escape over the years, experts say no one should rush to judgment about a boy stolen from his loved ones at age 11.

“Most 11-year-olds taken from their support systems are in a state of shock,” said Dr. Sharon Cooper, a pediatrician on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. “Their worry is who is going to provide their basic needs.”

Shawn, she said, was “was totally displaced from his family and home. This offender had established a new life for that child and he accommodated that.” The boy, she added, grew to accept Kirkwood as “his community.”

Cooper, a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, also said it’s much easier to dupe a younger kid than a teen.

“When you take a pretty young child away from the city they live in, after a while the child becomes compliant and complacent in the environment they’re in,” she said.

At a news conference Wednesday, authorities charged Devlin with Shawn’s kidnapping and said the 41-year-old pizza parlor worker had used a gun to threaten the boy when he was abducted in 2002.

John Rupp, prosecutor in Washington County, dismissed any suggestion that Shawn had run away. “Shawn was abducted against his will,” he said. “Period. End of story.”

On the other Hand, News Hounds is reporting today that Bill O’Reilly came out to say “”Now last night, I said 15-year-old Shawn Hornbeck might have accepted his kidnapping by that creep Michael Devlin rather than trying to escape. I also said I don’t believe much in the “Stockholm Syndrome — that is the captive becoming attached to the kidnapper. — It happens, but it’s rare.”

Looks like Bill will slowly be eating his words, and in the meantime losing viewers by the droves.

In the meantime Shawn accompanied his parents to Chicago for the Wednesday taping of an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. He sat in the front row, gripping his sisters’ hands, but he didn’t answer questions.

In an interview recorded earlier, Shawn said he was frightened during those four years and prayed his family would find him.

Shawn made his first public appearance last Saturday at a news conference in his hometown of Richwoods, a rural community about 60 miles from St. Louis. Teachers, friends and well-wishers crowded into his old school — a sign outside read: “Thank God! Welcome Home Shawn” — and applauded him as he entered the gymnasium.

Shawn flashed a shy smile, whispered in his mother’s ear, laughed softly and clutched her hand under the table. When his tearful stepfather, Craig Akers, reported that Shawn and one of his sisters had spent much time the previous night reminiscing about their childhood, Shawn confided to his mother: “We remember everything.”

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