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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:04 PM

Mother left her children on the side of the road while she went to "look for God."

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) -

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office is asking for help locating a woman they believe to be in extreme emotional distress after she left her children on the side of the road to go "look for God."

Authorities are searching for 28-year-old Lamona Fields Bender after she abandoned her children on Monday near the 600 block of Harragote Springs Road. Her vehicle was later located two miles away.

Investigators say Bender is in extreme emotional distress - authorities need to find her to evaluate her emotional state.

The children were found unharmed.

http://www.wsfa.com/story/18884891/police-search-for-mother-who-left-children-on-roadside-to-look-for-god?hpt=ju_bn4

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Reply Mother left her children on the side of the road while she went to "look for God." (Original post)
Cali_Democrat Jun 2012 OP
Marrah_G Jun 2012 #1
Tansy_Gold Jun 2012 #2
Booster Jun 2012 #3
Cali_Democrat Jun 2012 #4
4th law of robotics Jun 2012 #5
xxqqqzme Jun 2012 #12
wingzeroday Jun 2012 #6
hifiguy Jun 2012 #7
Chorophyll Jun 2012 #10
raccoon Jun 2012 #8
wandy Jun 2012 #9
Poll_Blind Jun 2012 #11

Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:07 PM

1. So sad

I hope they find her and get her some help

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:11 PM

2. Missing mother's body found. :-(

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:15 PM

3. This is sad. At least she didn't do anything to her kids - only herself.

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Response to Booster (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:18 PM

4. It does appear to be a suicide, but we don't know for sure

This is very sad. Those poor kids are now without their mother

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:18 PM

5. I guess she found him

 

I wish she'd dropped the kids off with someone then had an emotional breakdown.

But at least they were found.

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:01 PM

12. What state is this?

Looking around but I am not seeing the state mentioned.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:20 PM

6. there

"There is a difference between saying you found God...and saying that you know his address"


-Abbie Hoffman

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:27 PM

7. Shoulda looked behind the refrigerator and couch first.

That's a lot less dangerous. Poor kids. They're just collateral damage of religious insanity.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

10. The woman was mentally ill.

She could have just as easily been looking for aliens or Jimmy Hoffa.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:28 PM

8. Mental illness. nt

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:41 PM

9. Lamona Fields Bender; name sounds like a character in a Kurt Vonnegut story, sad......

Sad. The whole story sounds like something Kurt Vonnegut might have written.
I don't think he would be pleased.

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Response to wandy (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:55 PM

11. Actually, now that you mention it...it kind of does.

If it were a fictional character, I think he might have commented on eventually finding god...at the bottom of 15 feet of water and then sadly tacking on "And so it goes."

One of the greatest things Vonnegut was able to do as a writer, IMO, was to take an extreme tragedy...extreme tragedy...and lay layer after layer of gentle sadness over it until the patina was thick enough a body could look at the thing without going mad at the insanity of the world.

This woman, I feel sorry for her. I feel sorry for her children. I am forever grateful she chose not to take the lives of her children, too, because I have read a sheaf of news articles reaching from the floor to the ceiling where the whole family dies.

PB

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