Like many others, Utahna Sorenson says she was surprised when she learned convicted kidnapper Wanda Barzee would be released from prison earlier than expected.
“I wasn’t happy from day one when all that stuff started,” Sorenson said.
Now, she has an even bigger concern, as Barzee is one of her newest neighbors, living just a few blocks away from the Salt Lake City home where Sorenson lives with several family members, including two young granddaughters.
“That’s pretty close,” Sorenson said. “Knowing that someone like that is that close to my kids, and my grandkids, I’m not comfortable with it at all.”
Barzee’s new residence is roughly a seven-minute walk from ParkView Elementary School. That has drawn concern from several people, including Elizabeth Smart.
“Every possible caution and protection should be taken when it comes to protecting our children,” Smart said in a statement to NBC news. “Whether a person is deemed a current threat or if they have a history of child abuse, neglect, sexual violence, etc., prudent measures should be taken, including housing them as far away as possible from schools, families and community centers.”
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