Tavish Sutton

Age-progressed image of Tavish at age 17 (circa 2010)(Photographs of Tavish are unavailable)

  • Missing Since 03/09/1993
  • Missing From Atlanta, Georgia
  • Classification Non-Family Abduction
  • Sex Male
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 02/10/1993 (27)
  • Age 1 month old
  • Height and Weight 2'0, 8 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white flower-print t-shirt and Grady Memorial Hospital tags around his wrist and ankle.
  • Medical Conditions Tavish was recuperating from minor surgery to treat an abcess at the time of his March 1993 abduction. He required continuing medical care to treat his condition.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Tavish had a quarter-inch surgical incision in his left buttock at the time of his disappearance.

Details of Disappearance

Tavish was admitted as a patient in the Hughes Spalding pediatric unit of Grady Memorial Hospital on Butler Street in Atlanta, Georgia on March 6, 1993. He was in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DCS) at the time.

He underwent minor surgery over the weekend and was recuperating in a semi-private room in the ward during the early morning hours of March 9. He was last seen when a nurse checked on him at 6:45 a.m. When his room was checked again fifteen minutes later, he was gone.

Tavish's mother was being treated for schizophrenia in a mental institution at the time of his abduction; neither she nor other relatives were considered suspects in his disappearance. His mother wasn't even aware that Tavish was in the hospital at the time of his abduction.

The DCS has terminated her parental rights to Tavish's three siblings and was seeking to terminate her rights to Tavish as well when he disappeared; they had taken custody of the baby when he was a week old and placed him with a foster family.

His mother sued the hospital over her son's kidnapping in March 1995; the suit was settled out of court for $600,000.

Authorities stated that a woman who was pretending to be pregnant may have abducted Tavish in an attempt to raise a child. They speculated she lived between four and twenty-four miles from the hospital. No evidence supporting any theory has been recovered and Tavish's case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Atlanta Police Department 404-853-3400
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 202-324-3000

Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 8, 2011; age-progression updated.