Shawn White

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Left: Shawn, circa 2002;
Right: Age-progression to age 11 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • 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 his name "Sean."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Green and white pajamas and a gray Mickey Mouse snowsuit.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shawn was last seen on December 8, 2002 in Wilmington, Delaware. He had been on a weekend visitation with his father, Thurman R. White (referred to in some accounts as "Truman"). A photograph of Thurman is posted below this case summary. On December 9, Thurman went to the apartment of Shawn's mother, Tonya Graham (referred to in some accounts as "Tania"), in the 900 block of Vandever Avenue. 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, Thurman and Graham argued about it and he stabbed her three times in the neck. Graham's five other children were also at the residence at the time of the attack.

    Graham had to be hospitalized for her wounds. She survived and was released from the hospital after two days. Thurman fled the apartment before the police arrived, driving his 1989 Chevrolet GM4 pickup truck with the Delaware license plate number C48428. He turned himself into police to face charges the next day. He still did not have Shawn and refused to say where he was. Thurman has at least two other children, one who lived with Graham and one who lived with him at his home in the 200 block of 29th Street.

    Police originally charged Thurman with second-degree assault for his attack on Graham, but later upgraded the charges to first-degree attempted murder. He has a criminal history for offenses including trespass, making terroristic threats, and assault. Thurman pleaded guilty to 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 Thurman's home, his boat, and a landfill for the baby's remains, but have turned up no evidence thus far. Thurman continues to refuse to tell what happened to Shawn; he claims Graham knows the child's whereabouts. Shawn's case remains unsolved.

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    Above: Thurman White

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wilmington Police Department
    302-571-4525

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Child Seek Network
    City of Wilmington, Delaware
    The News Journal
    NamUs
    Justia State Case Files

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 23, 2014; age-progression updated.

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