On a Today Show exclusive, Desiree Young, mother to 8-year-old Kyron Horman, who has been missing since June 4 of this year, speaks out against her ex-husband and father to Kyron, Kaine Horman.
Up until this point in the investigation of the missing child, the biological parents of Kyron have remained united in the search for their son and united in the belief that Terry Horman, Kaine’s current spouse, whom Kaine is seeking a divorce from, has been withholding information and is in some way involved in the disappearance of their son.
According to reports on MSNBC’s Today Show, it was through papers filed with the court by Kaine against his wife, Terry, that Desiree learned of certain behaviors exhibited by Terry that Desiree felt she should have been informed of by Kaine.
Young stated on the Today Show, “I now believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that not only she is capable of hurting Kyron, it is clear that she could have hurt him in the worst possible way.” She went on to say that while she continues to be united with Kaine in the search for their son, she is “disappointed” in Kaine’s behavior and the “choices” he has made. “I just can’t stand by and support the choices he is making,” Young said.
Desiree believes that Kaine knew and withheld information from her about Kyron’s stepmother Terry, and her problem with alcohol, including being charged with drunken driving in 2005 and allegations by Kaine that Terry would get drunk and pass out on the couch several nights a week.
Young has also been made aware of various text messages and e-mails that have led her to further believe that Terry Horman is somehow involved in the disappearance of Kyron: “It’s very clear from Terri’s horrible words that she had a severe hatred for Kyron.”
Young reported on the Today Show that about a year prior to Kyron going missing, she had tried to get custody of her son, stating that he would repeatedly ask her if he could come live with her. Her attempts at gaining custody were unsuccessful.
The more information that comes to light in the case of this missing 8-year-old, the more saddened I become. It appears the signs of something going wrong were all there, but nobody bothered to connect the dots or pay any attention to the big picture until it was too late.
As a divorced parent, I know the power struggles that can exist between biological parents, stepparents, and the children. Unfortunately, the ones who end up getting hurt the most are the kids in the middle of it all.
My biggest questions in this case are these: Was anyone truly listening to Kyron? Was he trying to ask for help but not taken seriously enough? Would things be different if his request to live with his biological mother was taken into consideration?
Is the “system” we use to determine who gets custody and who doesn’t failing our children?
Source: The Today Show: :”Mom: Kyron’s stepmother had ‘sever hatred’ for him”: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40192620/ns/today-today_people/