Relisha Rudd’s Family Begs for 8-Year Old Missing Girl’s Safe Return

This undated photo shows 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. (PHOTO CREDIT: D.C. Police/
This undated photo shows 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. (PHOTO CREDIT: D.C. Police/

The mother of a missing 8-year-old is pleading for the return of her daughter, who police believe was taken by a janitor at the homeless shelter where the girl’s family resides.

Shamika Young told FOX 5 DC on Friday that she is afraid for the safety of her missing daughter, Relisha Rudd, after police obtained an arrest warrant for the shelter’s janitor, 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, charging him with the murder of his wife, Andrea Tatum.

Andrea Tatum’s body was found Thursday in a Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill, Md., one day after Relisha was reported missing. The discovery came as police also found the white truck connected to the case and believed to belong to Khalil Tatum, according to the Washington Post.

Andrea Tatum’s body reportedly showed signs of trauma, but police did not reveal how she died.

According to The Post, police said that Relisha’s family allowed her to be cared for by Khalil Tatum, whom a relative said the family had come to know during the 18 months they resided at the shelter.

Relisha, 8, is 4 feet tall and weighs 70 to 80 pounds. Police did not know what she might be wearing when she disappeared because it has been weeks since she was last seen by close family members, the Post reported.

Police say Young asked Tatum to care for Relisha on Feb. 26.

Young, 27, is residing at a homeless shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital with four of her children and their stepfather, FOX 5 reported.

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SOURCE: Fox News

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