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Expert says 'neglectful supervision' can put young girls at risk

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Leslie Timmons is the Community Educator and Volunteer Coordinator for Voice of Hope in Lubbock Leslie Timmons is the Community Educator and Volunteer Coordinator for Voice of Hope in Lubbock
A Lubbock SWAT team raided this house near 44th and Quaker on Saturday A Lubbock SWAT team raided this house near 44th and Quaker on Saturday
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock police are still examining evidence from a house where a young girl from Amarillo says she was held captive.

Police were called to the McDonald's location at 4402 50th at 9:30 p.m. Friday. A young girl told them she had come from Amarillo six weeks ago in the company of an adult male and had been held captive in a nearby home.

Police believe she was able to crawl out a window and make her way to the McDonald's to call for help.

Saturday afternoon, a Lubbock SWAT team raided a home near 44th and Quaker. The occupants came out peacefully and surrendered to police. Captain Jonathan Caspell said the he expects some suspects to be charged, but police have not released their identities as of Sunday evening.

Police are still trying to determine if the girl was kidnapped in Amarillo or if she ran away.

Leslie Timmons is the Community Educator and Volunteer Coordinator for Voice of Hope in Lubbock and has handed cases like this in the past.

"These young girls are very vulnerable. They're vulnerable to the attention of older men. What we typically see is they'll say it's an older boyfriend," she said. "A large portion of them are going to be in a neglectful supervision situation, so it could be that they are just wanting attention from an older man."

"They give them emotional support, they buy them gifts - so they make that personal connection with them first," Timmons said.

As a first step, Leslie recommends that parents monitor their child's social media pages.

"A girl that maybe has sexually explicit pictures on their profile picture on their Facebook page, that's a red flag to men that no parental supervision is going on. No grown up is watching them. If you consider there's about 2,100 cases of neglectful supervision in our region, that puts those kids at risk," she said.

Leslie said these older men often play on the emotions of young women and trick them into a relationship.

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