Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are investigating the possibility that a missing boy who hasn't been seen since April of last year was given to a mysterious woman in Reno about that same time.
Detectives continue to sort through conflicting and sometimes nonsensical statements by Dwight Stallings' mother, Tanisha Edwards, who is in custody at the Sacramento County jail.
Authorities said Edwards has told them that "Baby Dwight" is dead, that she gave the him away and that he was kidnapped.
Edwards, 35, "has been unwilling to fully cooperate" with investigators, said sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos. But detectives are following up on information that Edwards went to Reno in April or May 2011 and gave the boy to a woman named "Antoinette."
Authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying this woman, who has been described as a middle-aged woman of an unknown race and with a dark complexion, and her whereabouts, Ramos said.
"Antoinette" allegedly has ties to and could originally be from Northern California, he said.
Ramos said the lead is "as plausible as anything else we have."
If he is still alive, Dwight turns 2 years old this month. But investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the boy is dead, Ramos said.
Elk Grove police arrested Edwards in April on suspicion of violating probation and being under the influence of drugs. At the time of her arrest, officers found she had an outstanding warrant for failing to produce a child when ordered to do so.
Since then, officials with the Sheriff's Department and Child Protective Services have been searching for the boy, but with no success.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Kim Minugh
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.