Angelique Emily James
Angelique, approximately 1997; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 20 (approximately 2012)
Date reported missing : 02/15/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Los Angeles, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 10/02/1992 (28)
Age at the time of disappearance: 4 years old
Height / Weight : 3'6, 40 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Angelique has burn scars on the top of one foot. Due to a congential skeletal abnormality, one of her legs and one of her arms is shorter than the other. Angelique has a previous fracture of her left arm that is only visible in an x-ray.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Angelique was reportedly last seen in her family's Los Angeles, California home on February 15, 1997. She has never been heard from again. Angelique's mother, Shirley Ann James, failed to comply when authorities inquired as to her daughter's whereabouts.
Shirley was arrested in November 1997, nine months after Angelique disappeared, when authorities demanded she produce the child and she did not. Angelique's three sisters has already been taken by child protection workers by then. Shirley was charged with Angelique's presumed murder, as well as three counts of child abuse and two counts of corporal injury to a child.
Authorities believed Angelique was killed sometime between December 15, 1996 and March 1, 1997. Shirley has seven other children in addition to Angelique. One of them, a nine-month-old daughter, died in 1992, apparently of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The baby's death was reviewed by homicide investigators after Angelique's disappearance, but no charges were filed.
Shirley pleaded not guilty to all charges in January 1998. Investigators searched the family's yard in an attempt to locate Angelique's remains in late 1997. A cadaver dog initially tEthnicity : d her scent in the area, but the search did not yield evidence related to Angelique's case.
Shirley later pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in Angelique's case and sentenced to five years in prison, the maximum allowed under the plea agreement. The child's body has never been found.
Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may list September 4, 1997 or March 1997 as the date of Angelique's disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
California Attorney General's Office
The Daily News of Los Angeles
The Long Beach Press-Telegram
North American Missing Persons Network
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The Los Angeles Times
Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004. March 18, 2018; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.