Shamika Young, Mother of Relisha Rudd

Shamika Young, mother of Relisha Rudd

Mother and grandmother said fugitive janitor was doctor, as part of cover-up

Khalil Tatum was a very smooth operator. According to all reports, he developed a relationship with Shamika Young and her 8-year-old daughter, Relisha Rudd, at the homeless shelter where he worked as a janitor. Tatum was a janitor at the shelter and unrelated to Shamika or Relisha in any way. Many times fatherless black women and young girls yearn for a father figure in their life and maybe Tatum was that figure. After all, he took the little girl to Disney on Ice, purchased a tablet computer for her and allegedly had overnight visits where she played with his granddaughter.

But between these adventures, many have questions for mother Shamika Young. One in particular: Why did you let this man take your daughter unsupervised for weeks and lie about the whole episode?

During the time period that Relisha Rudd was missing, Young told a stunning lie. Relisha’s school wanted to know where she was, because she’d missed too many school days. Young allegedly told the school that her daughter was sick and under the care of a physician. That’s when Relisha’s grandmother, Melissa Young, came to the school and presented a piece of paper with the name “Dr. Tatum” and a phone number. Young explained that her granddaughter suffered from intense headaches and seizures.  When the school called the number, a man whom they assumed was Tatum answered. The caller pretended to be a doctor and the school wanted written proof of Relisha’s treatment. In response, he told the school administrator to drop off the form at the “DC General Shelter.” The school official realized something was wrong and called the police.

Initially, the girl’s mother refused to allow law enforcement to issue an Amber Alert for her missing daughter. It was only after Khalil Tatum’s wife, Andrea Tatum, was found dead with a bullet to the head in a hotel room that the Amber Alert was issued.  This raises a number of serious concerns regarding this entire case:

  • Who allows their 8-year-old daughter to go on unsupervised overnight trips with a man not related to the family in any way?
  • Why did the mother and grandmother portray Tatum as a doctor?
  • Why did the DC General Shelter not know where minors under their roof were at all times?
  • Why did it take almost three weeks to start looking for this girl?
  • Why was a shelter employee allowed to have such access not only to Relisha Rudd, but apparently four other little girls?

But the most disturbing concern that is in the back of everyone’s mind is “Was Shamika Young pimping out her 8-year-old daughter to Khalil Tatum?”

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

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  • Gregory Carter

    is this the father or mother

    • lottogirl846

      Under the photo it says Mother

  • Lonnie

    Ok, horribly written story AS USUAL. first of all why is RO stating “fatherless black women and girls yearn for a father figure” uh it doesn’t matter the race, any fatherless female will probably want that father’s human nature not race nature AND what type of closing to an article is this….”we just wonder if she wasps pimping et out” THE END. really RO?

    • Mo Barnes

      What the hell are you talking about Lonnie the story does not end in mispellings and the information is accurate. Rolling Out is talking about this little black girl and her mother, that is where the article is centered.

    • hidaya

      Lonnie: if all you care about are stats and typos? u are just as sick at “Dr. Tatum.”

    • 1Lance1

      ^ your are stupid

  • kelly

    AND THE BIG QUESTION IS … is the mother a crackhead and the grandmother too .. and why would they let this tatum guy lie to keep the child .. i say money was exchanged big time and if thats the case the mother is going down . for prostituing a child … now as far as tatum goes .. when the school got the police involved why wasnt the amber alert issued? if the child could not be produced in 23 hours they the police should have activated the amber alert … point blank … what is wrong with black folks ? i mean this crackhead dummy …. and what is the responsibility of the shelter i thought the shelter with children were under tight security and at night all kids had to be accounted for say this if he took the child to disney on ice … why would the shelter not expect her back at a certain hour.? HOW AND WHY DID THEY ALLOW A WORKER AT THAT SHELTER KNOW CHILD PREDATORS CAN BE ANYONE .. WHY DID THEY SEE HIM TAKING THIS CHILD HOME AND NOT ASK QUESTIONS THE FACT THAT THE MOTHER DID NOT OCCOMPANY THE CHILD WAS A DAM RED FLAG IN IT SELF …. I KNOW THE POLICE IS DOING WHAT THEY CAN .. BUT THIS CHILD I MAY BE STILL ALIVE … OUT THERE …… AND ALL PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IS WHAT COULD BE YOU KNOW THIS CRIMINAL IS HIDING OUT NOW …. JUEEEZ

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    • bcjdhkk

      DIK? Not sure what this is…slang? misspelling? I don’t know how anything explains her LACK of protection for her child OR her possibly pimping her child out.

      • super 61

        not DIK, DYKE , the mother is a lesbian.

        • bcjdhkk

          “BUT THAT DOES EXPLAIN HER DID CONNECT TO THE PROTECTION OF HER CHILD” – Not sure how being lesbian/crazy/selling your own child are even in the same sentence. Kelly manages to insult race, sexuality, the writers, & the shelter all in an almost incomprehensible jumble of poor punctuation and spelling. This story is unbelievably sad. So many holes that should have been shored up to protect this adorable little girl. Time to stop the hysterics and start the repair.

  • Cliff Vegas

    most of us live such protected lives – we have no possible way to understand why or how this kind of thing can happen. All I can think is that WE LET IT HAPPEN.

  • kelly

    i really do think hope is gone of finding her thats why he killed hisself , we have seen this before ..he knew in the pen his ass was gonna be fuc…ked from every hole in his body …no pun intended im angry ,,im angry at the police for not issuing the amber alert , when a child is missing and the school reported her the parents should have 2 hours to bring the child to the pd or face charges themself the mother and step date are probably crack addicts and gave that child to that monster , , for money they owed .. PIMPED OUT !!! ITS CALLED … I SWEAR THIS WORLD IS SO EVIL WERE IN ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS LOOK AT THE PEDOFILES IN THE PEN ..BY THE HUNDREDS ,THIS IS NOT THE WORST CASE …. I HEARD ITS AT THE TOP THOUGH….. now he dead cause he killed his wife first cause she was threating to expose him …. she probably was in the hotel doing funny things or witnessed him doing something to relsiha …. its anyones quest what he did with her body…. just a sensless crime that didnt have to take place …… it should be mandatory that the schools , report any child that has not been to school for 2 days to cps ….. why isnt this a law ?? the parents should have to bring a written excuse by hand to the school .. schools have improved but ,not good enough .. and kids in homeless situation need to be well documented by sheltors ….. I MEAN WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS SHELTOR THINKING WHEN THEY DID BED COUNT DID THE MOTHER SAY HER MOTHER PICKED UP THE CHILD /?/ THE MOTHER IS A CRACK LIERS YOU KNOW HOW CRACKHEADS CHANGE UP STORIES ..!!! NOW WE DONT KNOW WHERE THIS ANGEL IS …… GOD KNOW … HE IS IN CONTROL OF THIS

    • Ij

      There is no pun in what you wrote ( so that doesn’t make sense, please look up the meaning of ” no pun intended”)
      and it’s Himself not hisself! Its pedophile not pedofile, its threatening omg! I give up …. i couldn’t understand half of it so i gave up reading it!