- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2014


When politicians and their minions are this quiet, something’s amiss.

Relisha Tenau Rudd is 8 years old.

It is not clear, even amid continuous local news reporting, when she last was with either of her parents.

It is not clear when she last attended school.

It is not clear if she is alive.

It is not clear when, precisely, she went missing.

And it is not clear whether an adult man who befriended Relisha is helping or hurting her. Kahlil Tatum, who worked at the Southeast homeless shelter where Relisha and her family lived, is missing and is suspected of killing his wife.

For now, it is certain that people who know Relisha are hoping and praying for the best of possible outcomes.

With so many open-ended questions regarding a missing child, it’s time to ask some pointed questions of city officials.

The few key public servants who need prodding on the hot seat:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, who is seeking re-election and spent much of his adult life in the health-and-welfare sector.

D.C. Council member Jim Graham, who is seeking re-election and oversees the Department of Human Services.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, whose department failed to issue a timely Amber Alert for Relisha.

Human Services Director David A. Berns, Relisha’s de facto caretaker.

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