July 27th, 2014

Experience of Missing Child in Police Custody

I am finding a lot of material about reporting a missing child, but not much for the experiences of a missing/lost child who has just been found. The keywords I used included: missing children, Massachusetts runaway, Massachusetts missing children, missing children stories/experiences, how do the police process a lost child, what do I do if I find a lost child, when police find a lost child, police database, US police database, National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, when do found children get put in foster care.

The background:
A lost 10-year-old girl is picked up by the police in a small town in Massachusetts (present day). She was driven to a nearby town to see a movie, got in a fight with one of her new friends, popped someone in the nose and has blood all over her sleeves, and was picked up while she was walking back to the small town. She is a new arrival to the area, and has spent 100% of the time at her uncles' farmhouse. She isn't familiar with the area and doesn't know the town's layout, so she doesn't remember the way back home (she was driven, the farmhouse is out in the woods, and at this point, it's night). She forgot her phone at home and doesn't know her address or anyone's phone number. Other possible snags include the fact that the adults living at the farmhouse are either (a) living there under assumed names or (b) don't legally exist (they're hiding from an international criminal organization). Also, a "missing child" notice was filed for aforesaid child in her infancy by aforesaid criminal organization.

My questions:
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Multiple real injuries from a supernatural event

I'm trying to write a story where one character goes through a supernatural experience and ends up with some serious medical issues.  Basically, his entire body is put through the wringer.  I want the character to be physically compromised, even disabled, but have his mental faculties more or less intact.  Here's what I've come up with so far.  I won't go into this much detail in the story, but I want to have a clear picture in my mind.

  • Subdural hematoma from brain swelling/injury, which addressed either with surgery, an induced coma, or both.

  • Pulmonary edema that is a cause of concern for a while but resolves relatively quickly

  • Dilated cardiomyopathy as a result of the pulmonary edema and/or myocarditis

So far, I figure the effects from these (besides increased risk of sudden death) would be:

  • Extreme fatigue, loss of concentration, short-term memory loss, and increased anxiety as a result of the brain injury

  • Risk of edema, embolism, and arrhythmia.  The character would have to wear a life vest to defibrillate his heart, or have an ICD surgically inserted.  Would compression socks be used for edema in the legs in this case?

  • Won't be able to physically exert himself for some time, and then will have to be careful

  • Will need physical and occupational therapy

  • Will have to eliminate sodium, fat and caffeine from his diet

Does all of this make sense? What would tell the police or doctors if you brought someone in like this and they were unaware of the supernatural?  If anyone has any tips or advice about accurately depicting these kinds of injuries and the fallout from them, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your time!