Dwight Stallings’s mom admits to probation violations but nothing else

Tanisha Edwards, mother of the long-missing baby Dwight Stallings, has pleaded guilty to six counts of violating her probation and could get up to three years in prison. She had been on probation for a weapons charge. It looks like all her probation violations are drug offenses; none of them are related to the extremely suspicious disappearance of her son. Tanisha has told all sorts of stories about what happened to him, and it looks more and more like foul play.

Dwight’s disappearance has gotten coverage locally in Sacramento, California where he disappeared from, but there hasn’t been much on a national level. He does have a family besides Tanisha,: his maternal grandmother, at least one uncle, his father and nine half-siblings, two on his mother’s side and five on his father’s. Unlike Tanisha, the rest of his relatives seem to care about him, but they say they don’t know where he is. Dwight’s father is not a suspect in the case because he in jail in the spring of 2011, which was when Dwight disappeared.

The very similar case of Amir Jennings in South Carolina has gotten far more attention, I think because Amir had a loving family to advocate for him. It doesn’t sound like Dwight had many people who cared about him, except his grandmother. Those two cases have a lot of features in common with Qua’mere Rogers: all of them black male babies/toddlers last seen in the care of a parent who never reported them missing and has provided multiple unsatisfactory explanations for their disappearance.

A fourth child whose disappearance fit all those criteria, four-year-old Jadon Higganbothan, was found dead last year. One of his accused killers — his mother’s boyfriend — just pleaded guilty. The other five who were allegedly involved, Jadon’s mother among them, haven’t had their cases concluded yet. Unfortunately I don’t have any reason to believe Qua’mere, Dwight and Amir’s disappearances will turn out any differently than Jadon’s did.

As for Tanisha Edwards, they’re still trying to get her to tell the truth about what happened to her little son. The latest idea is to take her to dependency court and order her to speak. But I highly doubt that’s going to work. If Tanisha did what I think she did, she has nothing to gain by admitting it and a great deal to lose.

10 thoughts on “Dwight Stallings’s mom admits to probation violations but nothing else

  1. Kat July 29, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    Ah, shoo. Ok, I thought this was the case where the mother admitted the death of the child and all. Am I thinking of someone else? This was recent, and I could swear it was the Stallings case. It’s probably me confusing two cases. I try not to do that. Trying to figure out what I was thinking off…regardless….I’m so, so tired of reading every day about children thrown away like ( or with the) trash. What in hell is wrong with people???

    • Meaghan July 30, 2012 / 3:29 am

      You’re probably thinking of Lauryn Dickens.

      • Kat July 30, 2012 / 7:18 am

        Thanks. I do believe that is it. What is sad is that there are that many kids, infants, missing that I would confuse a case.

  2. Kat July 30, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Just a random thought on looking thru cases…parents of MPs, esp. kids die of “natural causes”. Is a broken heart a natural cause? Just wondering. Having a wonderland kind of day.

    • Meaghan July 30, 2012 / 11:24 pm

      I’m not really sure a person can die of a broken heart. Though Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s wife, who had every reason to die of a broken heart, did die of cancer of the heart, which is very close.

      I’ve wondered if a healthy individual can, without taking active means to accomplish this end, die simply by wishing it so. I read a story that way in one of my Holocaust books: when the Germans invaded Poland, and the grandmother of this Jewish family found out they were on their way and would be there within hours and take away her beautiful house and all the lovely things she had accumulated over a lifetime and in all probability torture and kill her and her children and grandchildren, she declared that she would not let this happen to her, that she would die first. And as the younger members of the family set about frantically packing their stuff in preparation for a flight into the comparative safety of Russian territory, the grandmother went upstairs, lay down on her bed and died. The family believed it was sheer willpower. A more likely solution is that she took poison. But I would have loved to see the results of an autopsy on the woman — one which, obviously, did not take place.

      Anyway, I’ve tried searching through medical literature on Google Scholar and stuff, trying to find any articles about the possibility of someone successfully willing themselves to die. I found nothing. But it was hard to come up with the proper search terms for a thing like that.

      • Kat July 30, 2012 / 11:47 pm

        I have read, more than once about long married couples when one passes the other does sooner rather than later, sometimes within hours. And I have heard of willing oneself to die. I can[t remember the exact cases, but I’ve definitely heard it. I think, with as little we really know about the brain and all, that you can do anything you want to. Even if it is death. Willpower is indeed an force. My opinion only.

    • Meaghan July 31, 2012 / 7:56 pm

      I do believe it’s possible for a person who is dying already, like of cancer already, to hasten the process along simply by wishing it to. I mean, biofeedback can make people (like me, in Cleveland, if you’ll recall) raise and lower their temperature, blood pressure, etc., so if a person is already on the brink it stands to reason they could push themselves the last inch. I’m just not sure a healthy person could do the same thing.

  3. Lori July 31, 2012 / 2:53 am

    Dwight was such a cutie!!! People are so stupid!

  4. Lori July 31, 2012 / 2:56 am

    And with Dwight….even the law and CPS does not care about him….a judge letting that egg donor walk out of jail! Absolutely ridiculous.

  5. Donna B. July 31, 2012 / 1:36 pm

    From The Augusta Chronicle 07/31/12

    COLUMBIA — Bloodstains found in the trunk of a Columbia mother’s car belong to her missing son, police said during a court hearing Monday.

    Officers discussed evidence in the case against Zinah Jennings, 23, during a daylong preliminary court hearing. Jennings’ trial on a charge of illegal conduct toward a child is set to begin in late August.

    Jennings’ son, Amir, was 18 months old when he was last seen late last year. His mother has been charged with lying to police about where her son is. Jennings is due to give birth to another child later this year.

    It’s up to a judge now to decide if the blanket on which the blood was found can be used in Jennings’ trial.

    Jennings’ attorney says the blanket could prejudice a jury against Jennings. His client has not been charged with killing her toddler son, but the blanket would imply that, Hemphill Pride II said.

    Pride also asked the judge to suppress search warrants and statements that Jennings made to police during their investigation. He also asked that the judge bar television cameras from the trial.

    Judge Knox McMahon said he would rule on the requests later.

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