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Mother of Relisha Rudd makes appeal for return of her daughter

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Shamika Young, the mother of Relisha Rudd, speaking with FOX 5's Karen Gray Houston Shamika Young, the mother of Relisha Rudd, speaking with FOX 5's Karen Gray Houston
WASHINGTON -

Shamika Young, 27, is the mother of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. She called FOX 5 on Friday asking to make an on-camera appeal to the man her daughter may be traveling with.

Meanwhile, Prince George's County police on Friday said they have obtained an arrest warrant for 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, charging him with the murder of his wife, Andrea Tatum. Her body was found in a Red Roof Inn Thursday in Oxon Hill, Md. It was also the same day police discovered two vehicles thought to belong to her husband.

Young says she is especially afraid for her daughter's safety now that Tatum is being accused of murder.

Tatum was a janitor at a homeless shelter where Young was staying with four of her children and their stepfather.

She says she had known him awhile and he became a godfather to Relisha and often gave her gifts and took her on excursions outside the shelter along with his own granddaughter. But Young says he always brought her back until this week.

She says she only learned her daughter was missing when social workers told her she had not been going to school.

Young and the stepfather, Antonio Wheeler, say they were questioned overnight by Prince George's County police. They say they are upset that police treated them as if they were suspects and not victims.


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