Missing Since: December 8, 2002 from Wilmington, Delaware
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: November 6, 2002
Age: 1 month old
Height and Weight: 1'8, 10 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Shawn has thick eyebrows and long eyelashes. Some agencies spell Shawn's name "Sean."
Clothing/Jewelry Description: Green and white pajamas and a gray Mickey Mouse snowsuit.
Details of Disappearance
Shawn was last seen on December 8, 2002 in Wilmington, Delaware. He had been on a weekend visitation with his father, Truman White. A photograph of Truman is posted below this case summary. On December 9, Truman went to the apartment of Shawn's mother, Tonya Graham. He did not have the baby. He told her a woman would come by later and bring Shawn, but two hours later when no one had appeared, Truman and Graham argued about it and he stabbed her three times in the neck. Truman fled the apartment before the police could arrive and Graham was hospitalized for her wounds.
Truman turned himself into police to face assault charges the next day. He still did not have Shawn and refused to say where he was. Police originally charged him with second-degree assault for his attack on Graham, but later upgraded the charges to attempted murder. Truman pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon during a felony and endangering the welfare of a child. He was sentenced to twelve years in prison and seven years of probation after his release.
Police suspect foul play was involved in Shawn's disappearance. They have searched Truman's home, his boat, and a landfill for the baby's remains, but have turned up no evidence thus far. Truman continues to refuse to tell what happened to Shawn; he claims Graham knows the child's whereabouts. Shawn's case remains unsolved.
Above: Truman White
Investigating Agency Charley Project
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Wilmington Police Department