by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Recently, a woman by the name of Sommer Pannell has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and abduction of children. It all began when she entered a Shell gas station in Newport News, Virginia, asking for a ride to North Carolina. Yovanda Bennafield, the mother of the two children who were kidnapped, told the woman that she would drive her there after work. Since Bennafield had to take her children to work with her that day, she asked Pannell if she would watch her two little boys. Then she gave Pannell the keys to her SUV and suggested that they go to a local park until her shift was complete. Pannell left with the kids, but did not return. Police began their search Sunday, and an Amber alert was put out.
According to Halifax County police, Monday morning, they found Pannell, 5-year-old Ta’Vyion, and 6-year-old Dante Blockett on the parking lot of Oak Grove Baptist Church in North Carolina. The boys were safe.
Good Samaritans have big hearts, but sometimes they don’t make the wisest decisions. Bennafield had to suffer the consequences for thinking too much with her heart than her brain. Thank God, her kids were found alive.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer degreed in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, email submissions to ayvaunnpennspokenword at gmail dot com.