Missing Baby But No Amber Alert: What's Wrong in Memphis?


missing baby in memphisA 9-month-old baby is missing in Memphis, but the reporting and response times have been ridiculously slow.

In what sounds like another Shaquan Duley/Susan Smith case, the mother of baby Lauryn says she gave the baby to a stranger who said she was a friend of the baby's father. Then Sharika Dickens waited for 10 days before reporting her baby missing.

When the police checked out the mother's story, they discovered the baby's father was in jail. So was this "friend" taking the baby to prison for the day?

Baby Lauryn doesn't seem to have even a fighting chance, since even after the the baby was reported missing, no Amber Alert was issued.

It's all sounding extremely suspicious.

So what in the world has to happen so a missing baby can receive the benefits of an Amber Alert?

Each state can create their own requirements for Amber Alerts in addition to the federal guidelines. However, the Department of Justice has five criteria that many states adopt, at a minimum:

  • Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place.
  • The child is at risk of serious injury or death.
  • There is sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor's vehicle to issue an alert.
  • The child must be 17 years old or younger.
  • It is recommended that immediate entry of AMBER Alert data be entered in FBI's National Crime Information Center. Text information describing the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the child should be entered, and the case flagged as Child Abduction.

Since the mother described the captor, the child is under the age of 17, and any baby on her own is at risk of serious injury or death, it must be the first rule that's preventing the Memphis Police Department from issuing the alert.

The mother's story isn't checking out, so the police must be looking at this as a homicide, rather than an abduction. It's all horrifying, and sadly this story isn't receiving as much attention as other missing babies and toddlers have as of late.

Regardless, if you're in the Memphis area, please keep your eyes peeled for this baby girl, Lauryn Dickens.

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LoriA... LoriAnn87

WOW! How sad and this story doesn't seem right and I think the mother knows more then she is saying. I hope they found the baby.

xavie... xavierlogan09

she sounds like casey anthony. who in the hell would wait ten days to report their child missing? she sounds suspicious. i hope they find the little girl alive and well. 

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

Who just hands off their baby to a stranger?  Sounds fishy.  Hope they find the baby and she's ok, but it doesn't look good. :( 

tonya... tonyalynn

why would she give her baby to a stranger?!

ambr2006 ambr2006

There is no way in hell that I believe this nut. This story is so close to Casey Anthony's. I hope the baby is okay, but I see so many stories of babies gone missing that I'm starting to go numb.

ambr2006 ambr2006

Where is your Amber Alert Memphis? Get this out nationwide, give this baby a chance.

Aember Luvsyunot Murray

Lauryn wasnt kiddnapped she was handed over willingly thats why it wasnt an amber alert, plus Shakara is a liar so, she is lying about the where abouts && I hope they find Lauyrn

Cori Bradley Beach

I live in Memphis..they still have not found this baby girl! It is on our news but I was thinking the exact same thing...why was an Amber Alert not issued...they charged the mother last Thursday with child neglect. She is still in jail. I have been watching this story since it aired here.

Sultr... SultryLadyBug

Another flaw in the system.

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