Missing Hartland Girl Returns Home

Brittany Dickson comes back home, mother thanks community for support.

The Hartland teenager who went missing on Monday has returned home and is safe, according to her mother.

Brittany Dickson, 17, left her home on Monday afternoon after a fight with her mother. The teenager walked out without her shoes and cell phone and the family didn't hear from their daughter for over 24 hours.

Aimee Lawrence, Brittany's mother said she was grateful for all the support she received from the community.

"I am so thankful and overwhelmed at the support that I got in two days regarding Brittany," Aimee Lawrence said in an email to Hartland Patch. "There are a lot of people that love Brittany very much.

"We want the best for her and hope that she gets on the right track again. Tough love is one of the hardest things to do."

Lawrence had attempted to file a missing person report on Tuesday afternoon with the Livingston County Sheriff's Department after Brittany had been missing for 24 hours. 

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department said that because she was 17 and considered an adult, the family was told they had to wait several more days to officially list her has a missing person because she wasn't considered in danger.

Laura Vogel September 19, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Can someone please point me to the statute which says that a seventeen year old is considered an adult under Michigan law (as allegedly propounded by the Livingston County sheriff)? I was under the impression that the age of emancipation in Michigan in eighteen.
Laura Vogel September 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It would seem, perhaps, that the Livingston County sheriff dept needs to do some training/awareness with its staff. For the purposes of criminal laws in Michigan, SOME times a 17 y.o. may be considered an adult. However, that applies only in the context of sentencing, it would appear. See e.g. http://www.michigan.gov/fyit/0,4585,7-240-44299-160950--,00.html
Jim Pesola September 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
So just another spoiled teen ager running away from home....so sad on so many levels...people don't raise their kids, then when it turns around and bites them, a fight ensues...kids run away parents put their blame on the kids and life is supposed to go on...I know my opinion won't be a popular one...but just look at the nasty rude kids wandering the planet these days...."nuff said"
Laura Vogel September 19, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I'm not sure if you're as old as me, Jim, but I recall several episodes of the "Little Rascals" where Spanky, Alfalfa and others "ran away from home" with their hobo stick -- all of their worldly possessions bundled in a bandana and tied to the end of a broom handle. Luckily, Brittany came home apparently safe and unharmed. Jourdan Bobbish (also 17) wasn't so lucky. Regardless of whether the child is damned as spoiled by a stranger, no parent would wish that pain upon another parent. http://www.freep.com/article/20120731/NEWS01/120731030/Memorial-services-for-slain-Westland-teens-to-be-held-this-week
Cristie Dibert September 19, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Well said Laura!
Jim Pesola September 19, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Well, Laura I am truly glad the girl is safe...no question about that....and yes I am an older person. I commented on the spoiled children, because thats what they are. Does NOT mean I don't care if they live or die, I am not a callous nasty person. I just see these kids with NO respect for anyone, period. Then when they misbehave, it's all on the kids, when truth be known, their parents didn't do their jobs. Granted the times have changed, but had I disrespected anyone like some of these kids, I'm sure my mother would still have me paying for it... Kids need to learn respect, and basic civility, honestly I don't think anyone can dispute that.
Jennifer DeMott September 20, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Jim, I don't think it's really fair of you to comment on someone's parenting skills unless you know them first hand. In this case if you did then you would know this girl has great parents who have bent over backwards to make her a respectable adult. Sometimes no matter what you do as a parent it isn't enough. Our children will not always make choices we would agree with. If you paid attention to the details of the story you would see that she ran away after a fight with her parents. They were being good parents and some kids think they know better. I agree that there are many disrespectful kids around, but it isn't always because their parents aren't being parents. We all do the best we can. They don't pop out with an instruction manual.
Aaron Mukerjee September 20, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I don't know this family, nor am I particularly qualified to comment on this issue as I am an 18 year old college student, not a parent. But I think it is saddening that my generation has to deal with this notion that we are somehow apathetic, disrepectful, crude, etc. Certainly, our norms are different than those of other generations. We were raised differently, and that is not a bad thing. And sure, there are kids whose behavior can be deemed "disrespectful" (but Mr. Pesola with all due respect, there are men and women of all generations who are disrespectful). That does not mean we were raised by "parents who didn't do their jobs". It simply means we were raised differently. The point I make is that no member of any generation should be judging the actions of this girl or her parents, and no one should be judging my generation to be a bunch of disrespectful kids. I have seen first-hand that we are a generation that on the whole has a great deal of respect for our elders. Despite growing up in an economic recession and in the post-9/11 world and being the first generation in American history that will be worse off financially than our parents (due in large part to the decisions made by older generations), most of us still have respect for those older than ourselves. I hope that in the future, rather than bashing us and our parents for our way of life, our elders will work with us to create a better future.
Kara September 20, 2012 at 08:55 AM
Glad she is home safe !
JohnKimble September 20, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Jim, I see this same level of disrespect among every generation, sex, and race and culture these days. Whether it be in person, on a phone, in a retail establishment, the way they drive, the way they talk to waitstaff, or replying on web forums...
Linda Bowen September 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Aaron, thank you for your thoughtful, eloquent post. I can remember being a teen and overhearing my parents and their friends sitting around and griping about the disrespectful and lazy nature of my generation. As a middle-aged adult, I hear it from my coworkers and peers about today's young people. For whatever reason, there is a continuous cycle of people who will criticize our younger generation, who will complain about "these kids today." Sadly, I think it's a lazy generalization to make and displays a short memory. Every day I encounter rudeness and a general lack of consideration from people of all ages. Those who believe disrespectful behavior is only shown by younger folks must not drive on the highways or in busy parking lots, and they obviously have never been inside a Costco on a Saturday afternoon!
Elizabeth Clark September 20, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Ughhh....What are these kids thinking? "my mom is being mean to me so I will run off with the man who I met online and WHO LOVES AND UNDERSTANDS ME ! " I will punish her by running away? If anyone has seen the unfortunate movie "Megan Is Missing"...there is no way in hell you will wait 24, or 48 hours for police assistance to search for your CHILD. I urgently suggest you see the movie, "Megan Is Missing"..our children live in another world online and you must be aware of it.
eddy September 20, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I am happy and relieved that Brittany is back home!
Lisa September 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Be the change you want to see in the world! Ghandi .....Aaron, great comment! Jim, be careful not to paint broad brushstrokes. Glad Brittany is home safe,let the healing take place.
carla September 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Hi, I'm npt Emily, Ii'm her Mom, my 2 cents probably isn't going to matter cause it's so long after the event, but here it is anyway. You're obviously a good parent, or you wouldn't be so worried, and yes there are really bad people out there. So your worry is warranted. Like ;you say, she's 17 and right now you've done all you can for the time being. You've got to let her learn somethings on her own, just like I had to, and you had to and everyone else had has to. Just let her know that you love her no matter what she does or how she acts, and that you are always there for her no matter what. You don't have to like the way she is behaving, or agree with how she's handling a situation, but you will always be there for her. She will be back. This will be one of the hardest things you will ever have to do, Is let her learn some of the hard lessons, knowing that you've taught her the best ou know how to do, to this point in her life. Hug her and tell her that ths is her home, and if she ever needs you to come pick her up, you'll be there for her. I'll pray for you both,a s I'm sure there are alot of Mom's out there and grandmother;s and probably dad's that have already been throw this. I've been on both sides of this. I've been the rebelleous daughter, and the hurting mom, and know I'm the worried and hurting grandma. All you can do is the best you know how to do, and 'et God take care of the rest. God Bless you both.
Deb Stewart September 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM
With all due respect Sir, your comment about parenting was the epitome of "disrespect". Do you really wonder where it comes from?
Lena lawrence December 30, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Im her little sister lena and i honesly dont think anybody should be saying anything no matter wht it is about te situation. My thoughts on this situation cant even be described.
Lena lawrence December 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The only thing i can say is its over and done with.
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