A five-year-old California girl was kidnapped, kicking and screaming, while playing a game with a friend. Police are seeking a mustacioed Latino man in connection with the apparently random kidnapping.
Update: As I write this, news is arriving that a body found late yesterday in a remote area has been identified as that of five-year-old Samantha Runnion.
Update 2: As details emerge about the discovery of Samantha's body, it seems that her last hours were as bad as I'd feared. Also disturbing is police speculation that her corpse may have been left easy to discover deliberately as a taunt by a serial rapist intent on striking again.
News stories are describing this tragedy as "every parent's nightmare," and they're exactly right. I simply can't express the horror of even contemplating such a thing happening to either of my girls, and my heart goes out to Samantha's family, who must be devastated by this tragedy.
She was five, for pity's sake.