D.C. Deputy Mayor for Education Looking Into Relisha Rudd Case

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    News4's Jackie Bensen gets an update from D.C.'s Deputy Mayor of Education, who is leading the internal review into the city's handling of the Relisha Rudd case. The 8-year-old girl has been missing for more than a month and there are concerns some government agencies may have mishandled the case. (Published Friday, Apr 11, 2014)

    D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray assigned Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith to take a close look at how school officials handled the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing for more than a month.

    Gray wants a full review of how the District handled the case.

    Search for Relisha Rudd at D.C. Park Suspended

    [DC] Search for Relisha Rudd at D.C. Park Suspended
    News4's Pat Collins reports from Kenilworth Park, where D.C. Police have wrapped up a search for missing girl Relisha Rudd. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    For almost two weeks into the search for Relisha, high-ranking D.C. officials claimed she was last seen at her school, Payne Elementary, March 7. D.C. Police later determined the little girl, believed to have been handed over by her mother to 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where she lived, had not been seen alive since March 1. They also determined that Tatum misrepresented himself as Relisha's doctor in phone conversations with social workers and school employees.

    Search Suspended for Missing Girl at D.C. Park

    [DC] Search Suspended for Missing Girl at D.C. Park
    D.C. Police and the FBI have suspended their search for missing girl Relisha Rudd at Kenilworth Park in northeast D.C. News4's Pat Collins reports. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    Relisha was not officially reported missing until March 19.

    Search of D.C. Park for Missing Girl Wraps Up

    [DC] Search of D.C. Park for Missing Girl Wraps Up
    DC Police announced Wednesday they are wrapping up the search of Kenilworth Park for missing girl Relisha Rudd. News4's Pat Collins reports. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    Tatum was found dead of an apparent suicide in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens March 31 during a weeklong search for clues to Relisha’s whereabouts.

    Smith said she is committed to a thorough review of not only the Relisha Rudd case, but of how the school system’s policy on such matters is implemented in general and what can be done to improve it.

    Search Continues for Relisha Rudd

    [DC] Search Continues for Relisha Rudd
    News4's Shomari Stone live on the latest for the search for Relisha Rudd. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    “We want to ensure both with respect to this case that we understand exactly what all of the policies were that people implemented, how people approached it, but also to look beyond to make sure that those kinds of policies are in place for the future to ensure that we have the kinds of safeguards in place that we know that we need for families,” Smith said.

    Kahlil Tatum's Body Found in D.C. Park During Search for Missing 8-Year-Old

    [DC] Kahlil Tatum's Body Found in D.C. Park During Search for Missing 8-Year-Old
    The body of a man who appeared to have committed suicide at a D.C. park has been positively identified as Kahlil Tatum, D.C. Police announced Tuesday morning. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    It's not clear whether the final results of Smith’s investigation will be made public.

    Search of Kenilworth Park for Missing Girl to Continue Through Wednesday

    [DC] Search of Kenilworth Park for Missing Girl to Continue Through Wednesday
    DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced the search of Kenilworth Park will continue through at least Wednesday. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    Tatum was also wanted in the death of his wife, Andrea. Her body was found at an Oxon Hill Red Roof Inn March 20 during the search for Relisha.

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