The mother of Caleigh Harrison spoke for the first time since her daughter vanished several weeks ago. It's about time; and with this update comes some interesting statements regarding the four-year-old sister of the missing Gloucester tot. In fact, a comment reportedly said by the child mirrors the same kind of comments children make when they are coached into lying.
The video at the bottom of the page contains statements by Allison Hammond, who did not shed a tear throughout the entire segment. Studying her face is a task all of its own, but something does stick to mind immediately at the 1:40 to 1:42 mark. The reporter says that the four-year-old sister of Caleigh Harrison has told others that she "is afraid she'll get in trouble" by her parents, regarding what she saw the day her sister vanished.
For anyone who has witnessed a crime case involving children, or even a family court case, there are very easy signs of a child being "coached" to lie for one adult or more. One of the most blaring signs of being coached to lie, is the child blatantly saying they "don't want to get in trouble," when they are asked a question or probed if whether or not they're being truthful.
So was she coached? It's been said before, and it should be said again: Investigators should bring in a second forensic psychologist to speak with this child. If she wasn't coached to lie, which is a possibility regardless of what anyone wants to believe or hope for, there is another theory that hasn't been discussed much, probably because it's pretty sensitive of an idea.
Is there a possibility that the four-year-old child pushed or tripped the other child, or perhaps even saw her get too close to the water and did nothing to stop her? Yes, that is a hard thought to grasp, but children can be pretty mean to one another, especially as young siblings. A rough shove usually doesn't end fatally, but in cases that they do, who's to say that a young child wouldn't pretend to not know anything? A four-year-old child is indeed smart enough to know whether she is responsible for something of this nature, and is certainly smart enough to believe that if she told what happened, she'd get in trouble.
These are all just thoughts and speculations, and another article is certainly needed to study the facial mannerisms of Allison Hammond.
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