Criminal Behavior

Janitor kidnaps girl, 8, from homeless shelter

Mon., Mar. 24, 2014 9:56 AM EDT
by Mo Barnes
Relisha Rudd and Khalil Tatum

Relisha Rudd and Khalil Tatum

An 8-year-old homeless girl, Relisha Rudd, was allegedly kidnapped by the janitor who worked at the homeless shelter. The incident occurred in late February 2014, in Washington, D.C., but the girl’s mother did not report her missing until several weeks later.

The suspect in the kidnapping is Khalil Tatum. Tatum is suspected of killing his wife before taking the little girl from her mother at the shelter.

The girl’s mother, Shamika Young, stated in an interview that “I didn’t see anything wrong with him. He’s a good guy. … When she did go out with him, he brought her back. He would take her shopping, took her to see Disney on Ice, he bought her a tablet for Christmas, took her out to eat with his granddaughter.”

Young reportedly asked Tatum to babysit Relisha on Feb. 26. She did not initially consider her daughter missing because she had talked to her on the phone, but when she asked Tatum to return the girl, he did not.

Relisha’s school noted that she had not attended classes for a long period. Authorities were alerted and an Amber Alert was finally issued last week. Tatum’s car was found abandoned Thursday, March 20 in Maryland and police consider him armed and dangerous.

Relisha is described as a black female, standing 4 feet tall and weighing 70- 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion. The FBI and other law enforcement authorities are now involved in the search for the little girl. People are asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, or the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768 if they have any information on the missing girl or Tatum.

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  • soisaid

    that bish crazy… this is one of those wtf articles when you let a grown man have a relationship with your daughter. and didn’t see anything wrong with it…. omg…. lock the mom up along with this murdering pedophile. good grief.

    • atlsongbyrd

      I know he could’ve done anything to that baby. She didn’t know him for shit and even if she hes not a family member! I”m not letting my daughter hang around no man that’s not family! Then you can even let your girls hang with male family members sometimes.

  • Black-a-knees

    Lock the dumbass Momma up too! Sounds like he’s been “grooming” this little girl. Probably already molested her long before the “kidnap” poor innocent babies with stupid a## mothers

  • kelly

    wow the mother must of been a crackhead , and was taking money from him in exchange for the child , sounds like and im surprised a shelter would not have noticed her missing , since women and kids are put in a different type of shelter .. what was she thinking if you aint seen your child for a few days you demand her return to make sure shes ok .. and the fact this man was not a family ,should of raised her concious on wondering what type of person he was , dont parent investigate before they hand over a child to someone .. i dont care if he worked at the shelter ,,, he would not have gotten my kids,, i blame the shelter too.. cause he work there ,,watch her sue the shelter for giving him permission to leave with the child , especially if the child dies … the state gets sued ,,, big time .. if thats a state shelter , or private even someone is is big trouble

  • Soylent Green

    Anyone else notice how much Relisha looks like Tatum? I don’t think Shamika Young is telling the whole story.

    • Right Now

      … and I thought it was just me. I was thinking the same thing. This little girl resembles this man an awful lot to be a coincidence.

  • soisaid

    lmao