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.
- Atlanta Police Department
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 8, 2011; age-progression updated.