However, Sacramento County sheriff's officials stressed that giving homicide detectives command of the search for the little Dwight, does not mean that it is a death investigation.
"Due to the unusual circumstances present in this case, the decision was made that homicide detectives would be better equipped to handle the investigation from this point forward," said a press release this morning from the department.
First order of business for homicide is a morning meeting with volunteers in the south area. The volunteers will help detectives hand out and post flyers with Dwight's picture and information about the case.
Detectives have obtained a previously unreleased picture of the child. It was provided to media outlets today in hopes that somebody will recognize him and provide information on his whereabouts.
Authorities say the child has not been seen by family members since April 2011, and his mother, Tanisha Edwards, 35, has been unable or unwilling to reveal what happened to the little boy.
Her arrest last week in Elk Grove came after Sacramento County Child Protective Services spent months looking for the mother and child, seeking help at times from law enforcement in the "Baby Dwight" case.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dwight Stallings