Robert Almonte remembers the 2001 security footage like it was yesterday: 5-year-old Alexandra Flores quietly walking away with her abductor at an El Paso-area Walmart.
Hours later, Flores’ nude body was found abandoned nearby, strangled and her head covered with a partially burned plastic bag, remembers Almonte, who was then a high-ranking official for the El Paso Police Department and is now the U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas.
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What to ask
Questions for “Take 25” safety chats with children by age
Ages 5 to 8: Do you know your home address and phone number? What if you get lost or approached by a stranger? What would you do if someone tries to take you away? Show me.
Ages 9 to 12: Ask about online activity, from websites visited to whether anything online made them uncomfortable. Also, would you tell me if something made you feel bad or scared at school? Has anyone touched you in a way that made you scared or uncomfortable?
Ages 13 to 17: What is safe to share online? Do you stay with your friends when you go out? What would you do if a stranger approached you? What would you do if someone tried to touch or grab you inappropriately?
Source: National Center for Missing And Exploited Children