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Ariana-Leilani and Other Children of Washington DC Need Protection

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In a recent letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, a Marie Cohen, a social worker, writes about the failures of DC’s Child and Family Services (CFSA) and missing child Relisha Rudd’s, who before she went missing, had been subjected to sexual abuse right under the nose of the Washington DC CFSA (its child protection agency):

Relisha’s family was known to the CFSA. The family had been the subject of several reports. There were numerous indications that the family was in trouble. Relisha’s brothers had frequent behavior problems at school, often a sign of trouble at home. School staff reported numerous warning signs, such as Relisha missing more than 30 days of school, Relisha often arriving for class dirty and Relisha and one of her brothers left waiting at school at the end of the day.

If the CFSA had an open case on the family, a social worker was expected to visit the family at least twice a month. It would have been a social worker’s job to make sure Relisha was okay.

The CFSA has been touting its success in taking fewer children into foster care. The acting director reported proudly this year that 62 percent of the children it serves are at home. That is good news indeed, as long as the children who are with their families are receiving the monitoring and services they need to be safe. Relisha certainly was not.

Like Relisha,  12 year old Ariana-Leilani continues to suffer, but despite clear evidence of abuse and neglect, CFSA refuses to even maintain an open case on her.

Along with almost 5000 signers of Ariana-Leilani’s Petition,  the DC Council and Mayor Bower should take the social workers’ letter seriously, and not only look more closely at Relisha Rudd’s case, but also direct CFSA to maintain an open case for 12 year old Ariana-Leilani.

See full text of Marie Cohen’s letter: Protecting the Next Relisha (Washington Post)

Read More for background:  Relisha.

Police Searching for Child Trafficking Person Of Interest in Washington DC

The D.C. police released a new video in search for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.   Anyone who can identify this individual or knows his whereabouts should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411. (Photo by Metropolitan Police Department).  The surveillance video shows a man in dark clothing exiting a down escalator. Police said the man may have information that could help with the investigation and they would like talk to him. They would not say where the video was taken or why.  However, it looks like a Washington DC Metro station escalator, possibly the Union Station down escalator.

Only by putting a halt to child trafficking in Washington DC can we save children like Relisha Rudd and Ariana-Leilani.   DC politicians refuse to take action or even acknowledge its existence.  Haven’t they seen enough evidence yet?  How many more children must suffer.

Relisha Rudd: Another Victim of Child Trafficking in DC

On February 26, 2014, Shamika Young, who is living in a homeless shelter with her family, says that she asked Kahlil Malik Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter at the old D.C. General Hospital, to take one of her daughters, 8 year old Relisha Rudd, home with him.

It is the last time she sees her daughter. Later that day, Tatum and Relisha are seen walking toward a room in a Holiday Inn Express on Bladensburg Road NE, side by side holding bags and entering a room.

On March 13, 2014 a counselor at Payne Elementary writes a referral to the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency (the same organization that refused to provide Relisha help since 2007, which is the same year DC CFSA also failed to take corrective action in the case of Ariana-Leilani) noting Relisha’s many absences. She missed more than 30 days, but officials say many were excused by her mother for illness, citing a “Dr. Tatum.”
One of the last times Relisha is seen alive is on a hotel closed circuit camera, entering a hotel room on February 26, 2014.

There are no confirmed sightings after March 1, 2014.

On March 19, 2014, at 10:04 p.m., Tatum checks into Room 132 of the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill, Md., and is seen with four people. None of them, police later say, is Relisha. Less than an hour later, three people leave.   That is also the night Tatum kills his wife.  She is found dead in Room 132 the next day

On March 27, 2014, DC Police Chief Kathy Lanier declares: “He may have killed her.”

For a janitor, Tatum was known for a high style of living.  He dressed in stylish Polo shirts, drove an immaculate SUV and took a liking to children, offering many of them gifts, according to relatives.

Analysis: Showering gifts on children is one of the ways abusers and pornographers condition children to cooperate with them.   Tatum’s being flush with cash also suggests that he was sexually exploiting for money.    Relisha’s mother’s suspect cooperation with Tatum in this endeavor suggests that she was probably somehow benefiting from Tatutums’ child exploitation enterprise.  Also, this would not be the first time Chief Lanier made claims about a case before the facts were in involving a child abuse and child porn cases.

If the  Mayor Gray’s DC CFSA had the needed competence, they would have picked up on this child’s situation years before and taken corrective action.   But, like in the case of Ariana-Leilani, DC Mayor Gray, some members of police force, and his CFSA act as if they are not protectors of children, but protectors of child trafficking.    The other mystery here is the apparent delay of DC in getting out an Amber Alert to neighboring jurisdictions — conveniently giving Tatum more opportunity to run and Relisha not being found alive (and thus fulfilling Chief Lanier’s prophesy)
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