8 year old Relisha Tenau Rudd lived at a southeast Washington DC homeless shelter with her mother and stepfather. The stepfather, Antonio Wheeler, pleaded with the man they suspect that has the girl, Khalil Tatum, “Just bring my daughter home. That’s all I want, just bring my daughter home.”
51 year old Kahlil Malik Tatum is a janitor at the homeless shelter that the family lives. While the police were searching for Relisha they found Tatum’s wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, 51, at a Red Roof Inn in Prince George’s County. She apparently had been beaten to death. They now have charges against Tatum for the murder of his wife.
Wheeler claims they had no idea this man could be so violent, saying that he was blind-sided by a man he thought he knew and trusted.
“Mr. Tatum had been helping us out (at the shelter). He’d been showing us the ropes, showing us around, telling us when the activity room closed and what programs they have going on. He’s a good man, I never got no bad vibes or a salty taste in my mouth about him,” said Wheeler. He says that he and Relisha’s mother, Shamika trusted the man so much that they allowed the child to go home with him weeks ago and she hasn’t been seen since.
USA Today reported that Relisha’s aunt, Tiffany Young, (her mother’s sister) expressed her thoughts about why her niece got mixed up in this mess to begin with. “You only know (Tatum) because you were in the shelter. You don’t know his background, you don’t know anything. He don’t have no kids, so why is she going over there unsupervised? What is she going over there for,” she asked.
Young also said that she thinks her sister knows more that she’s saying. “My sister, Relisha’s mother, needs to come out and tell everything that she knows,” said Young. But Wheeler turned around and defended the woman by saying, “For those who don’t know, Shamika been 100% honest for the past 48 hours. I can honestly say I’ve seen a change in her.”
Relisha is described as a black female that stands about 4 feet tall and she weighs about 70 to 80 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium brown complexion.
Anyone that has any information on the whereabouts of Relisha Tenau Rudd to please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768 or 911.
I hope this little girl is found alive. For the life of me I can not understand why anyone would let their daughter go with a 51 year old man alone like they did. I pray that he hasn’t hurt this innocent child.