Missing Ta'Niyah Monique Leonard new case information posted as of May 15th 2020

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Missing Ta'Niyah Monique Leonard


Left: Ta'Niyah, age 5 months
Center: Ta'Niyah, age 11 months (about the time she disappeared);
Right: Age-progression to age 12 (approximate date 2013)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 19, 2002 from Bartow, Florida

Type: Endangered Missing

Date of Birth: November 16, 2001 Age at disappearance: 11 months old

Weight and Height: 2'6, 20 - 30 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Reddish-black hair, brown eyes. Ta'Niyah has pierced ears and a light-colored birthmark on her right leg. Her nickname is Ny Ny (sometimes spelled "Nye Nye").


Details of disappearance and psychic work by Brian Ladd (login to view entire case as of May 2020)

 

Ta'Niyah's mother, Miranda Jones, claimed she last saw the child when she dropped her off at Jones's boyfriend's apartment at the Azalea Gardens complex on Golfview Avenue in Bartow, Florida, at 10:30 p.m. on October 19, 2002, so he could babysit while Jones went out with friends. Photographs of both Lewis and Jones are posted below this case summary. Lewis claims that Jones picked up Ta'Niyah at 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. the next day and he has not seen the baby since; however, Jones claims she has not seen Ta'Niyah since October 19.

Police say it is possible that Ta'Niyah is being used as pawn in a domestic dispute between her parents. In a press interview in 2006, Jones stated she believed Ta'Niyah was alive and in the care of Lewis's family members. She said there was dispute over the identity of Ta'Niyah's biological father and paternity testing had been scheduled for sometime after the baby's disappearance. Jones stated she believed Lewis took Ta'Niyah and hid her because he was afraid he would lose access to the child if it turned out he was not her father.

Investigators believe either Lewis or Jones is responsible for Ta'Niyah's disappearance and probable death, but they cannot proceed with charges against either of them due to a lack of evidence and due to the two suspects' conflicting stories. Prosecutors offered both of them immunity from any charges if they would return Ta'Niyah alive, but neither Lewis nor Jones accepted the offer. Each one has implicated the other in the baby's disappearance, but no corroboration can be found for either version of events. Ta'Niyah's case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd.

Left: Michael Lewis;
Right: Miranda Jones
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