Tanisha Edwards, missing toddler's mother, has court appearance

2:57 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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  • Dwight Stallings at 11 months old
  • Tanisha Edwards, far right, at July 25, 2012 Sacramento County court hearing.
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The mother of a toddler who went missing more than a year ago was in a Sacramento courtroom Wednesday for a violation of probation hearing.

As Tanisha Edwards walked into Sacramento Superior Court, she covered her face with a book after seeing reporters and cameras. Once she took her seat, she held up her hand and made an obscene gesture to members of the media, who were seated in the jury box.

Edwards' son, Dwight Stallings, was last seen around April 2011. According to court documents, Edwards said she gave the child to two women, wearing burqas, in a Motel 6 parking lot in Nevada.

During a hearing on June 8, 2011, to locate the child, Edwards testified she didn't know the names of the women but they were relatives of her son's father. Edwards said a woman called her and said, "We're coming to help with the baby."

Edwards said her son was not sold and no arrangements were made for the return of the child.

"The less I knew about where they were going the better off I'd be," Edwards said at the 2011 hearing.

During cross-examination at the hearing, Edwards said she did not believe the child is in California.

"If I knew where he was at, I wouldn't have a problem with telling you. I don't know where he's at. I really don't," she said.

The court then ordered Edwards' release and no arrangements were made to find Dwight.

The public was made aware of the toddler's disappearance after Edwards was arrested by Elk Grove police in March 2012 at her mother's home. At that time, the Elk Grove Police Department notified the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Dwight was still missing.

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According to the June 2011 hearing documents, Edwards tested positive for methamphetamine.

At  her court appearance Wednesday, Edwards admitted to six counts of violating probation in connection to an August 2008 case. 

Edwards is being held at Sacramento County Jail. She is ineligible for bail.


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