Sacto 9-1-1
July 25, 2012
Missing baby's mother pleads guilty to parole violations

By Marjie Lundstrom and Sam Stanton
mlundstrom@sacbee.com
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The mother of a missing 2-year-old boy saluted reporters and photographers in court Wednesday with her middle finger before pleading guilty to six counts of violating probation.

But the plea agreement by Tanisha Edwards, 36, did nothing to solve the agonizing mystery over what happened to Baby Dwight, who hasn't been seen alive since April 2010.

Edwards, who has been in jail since March, has told authorities conflicting and often nonsensical stories about what happened to her baby.
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She faces up to three years in jail on the probation violations when she is sentenced later this month. So far, none of the criminal charges against her has been related to the child's disappearance.

At Wednesday's court hearing, Edwards glowered at media representatives, made the obscene gesture and held up a tattered paperback titled "Betrayed" to shield her face from the cameras. The book is about a female "fledgling vampire," according to on-line book reviews.

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Before the prosecutor could call witnesses, Edwards agreed to plead guilty to six of 13 counts of violating her probation following a 2008 felony arrest for illegally possessing ammunition. In two of the counts, she admitted failing to appear in Juvenile Court, which has been trying to locate the missing child.

Bee photos by Manny Crisostomo: Tanisha Edwards, 36, gestured to the media as she appeared Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Sacramento Superior Court. She agreed to plead guilty to six counts of violating probation. Her son Baby Dwight has not been seen alive since April 2010. The photos, top to bottom, appear in the sequence they were taken.

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