Find Missing Lauryn Dickens!

Missing Baby, Suspicious Disappearance, Crime Victim, Suspected Convicted, Cold Case

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Find Missing Lauryn Dickens!

Find Missing Lauryn Dickens!
She lived with her family in an apartment.
Then Lauryn vanished.
Her mother clamed that she handed Lauryn over
To a strange woman.
That was almost 8 years ago.
Where is Lauryn Dickens?

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Details

Find Missing Lauryn Dickens! Lauryn Dickens has been missing since September 7, 2010. She is missing from Memphis, Tenessee. Lauren Dickens is classified as an endangered missing person. Her year of birth is 2009. At the time of her disappearance, Lauryn was 9 months old. Her current age is 8 years old. Lauryn Dickens is an African-American female. She is described as 1’9″ tall and 17 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is black and her eyes are brown. Lauryn has a skin rash on both forearms and the inside of both knees. When she was last seen,
Lauryn was wearing a brown onesie with a pink flower and pink dots.

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Circumstances

Lauryn Dickens lived with her three-year-old brother and their mother, Shakara Dickens. They lived at the Raleigh Village Apartments in the 4900 block of Yale Road in Memphis, Tennessee at the time of her disappearance.

Shakara stated that at 11:00 A.M. on September 7, 2010, she gave Lauryn to a strange woman. She claimed to be a friend of Lauryn’s father, Benjamin Norfleet. Norfleet was in jail at the time.

Shakara said that the woman came to her because she’d told Norfleet she could no longer care for Lauryn. The woman said she would take care of Lauryn until Norfleet was released from jail.

Shakara described the woman as Caucasian, with shoulder-length straight gray hair parted in the center. She was in her forties and had glasses. She wore a white button-down blouse, khaki capri pants and white closed-toe sandals.

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Disappearance

Shakara admitted she gave Lauryn to the woman without asking for any contact information. She didn’t even request the woman’s name. She said she never saw Lauryn or the woman again.

In the days following Lauryn’s disappearance, Shakara went out to a nightclub with her friends. She bought new clothes and altered an existing tattoo on her back. She didn’t report Lauryn as a missing child until September 15. This was more than a week after her disappearance. Her mother, Tracey Dickens, insisted on it and brought her to the police station when they realized Lauryn was missing.

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Investigation

The police were immediately suspicious of Shakira’s story. And they asked Norfleet for corroboration. Norfleet said he never sent anyone to pick up Lauryn and didn’t even know any women matching the description Shakara gave.

Norfleet stated he hadn’t spoken to Shakara since late August. Beginning on September 1, she suddenly started blocking his calls without explanation. He tried to call her seven times in twelve days and each time his number was blocked.

No one besides Shakara reported having seen Lauryn after September 6. Shakara also gave inconsistent explanations for Lauryn’s disappearance; at one point, she claimed the baby was with Norfleet’s parents, and another time she said she had put her up for adoption.

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Searches N Charges

Cadaver dogs indicated the presence of human remains. They were confirmed present in Lauryn and Shakara’s apartment and in the car Shakara drove. A week after Shakara reported Lauryn’s disappearance, she was charged with aggravated child neglect, child endangerment and false reporting.

Court documents stated the police believed Lauryn was deceased. In January 2011, Shakara was charged with first-degree murder.

At Shakara’s trial in March 2012, Tracey, Norfleet and a cellmate of hers were some of the witnesses who testified against her.

The cellmate claimed Shakara broke down during a religious sermon in jail. And she said “God would not forgive me for what I’ve done” and that she had done “what I was in for.” Authorities also found a poem she had written in her cell which they characterized as an admission of guilt.

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Mother’s Guilt N Defense

Shakara’s defense attorney argued that there was a total lack of physical evidence. And there was insufficient proof that she had harmed or killed her baby. She was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, second-degree murder, child neglect and filing a false report. She had no prior convictions.

In June 2012, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, Shakara admitted her guilt in Lauryn’s death. She stated she smothered the baby because she was frustrated by her crying, then put her body in a trash bin, which was emptied a few days later.

Shakira said she was stressed at the time. For her work hours had changed and she couldn’t find a babysitter. And she expressed remorse for her actions. Shakara was sentenced to nineteen years in prison. She could have faced up to fifty-four years.

Lauryn’s body has never been located. Foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

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Appeal

Lauryn Dickens has been missing for almost eight years. And she is presumed deceased. IN fact, her mother is charged with her death. But she is facing only 19 years in prison. This means that the mom can get out as early as 2031. This is a sad, heartbreaking case. Did the system fail Lauryn Dickens? Baby Lauryn is one tragic case of child abuse gone fatal. Of course, there should be no child abuse. No doubt, the mother seems remorseful. Even when she gets out of prison, she will have to live all the life with the death of her baby girl on her conscience. And the rest of Lauryn’s family will never be able to forget.

Someone (s) knows something! Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Lauryn Dickens? If you have any information, please contact the Memphis Police Department (901) 545-2677. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

NCMEC: 1156424
NamUs #MP9317

Lauryn Dickens has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
This article discusses the mother of Lauryn Dickens and her confession in her daughter’s case. Click here and learn more.
This article discusses Lauryn’s father and the trial in her Lauryn’s case. Click here and learn more.
Websleuths has a page devoted to Lauryn Dickens.Click here and learn more.
CNN I-Report has a profile of Lauryn Dickens’ disappearance. Click here and learn more.
The above information is found on Lauryn Dickens’ Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.
The above image is courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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I'm a Christian, meaning that I have a relationship with God, through trust in HIs Son Jesus. I'm a pro-life blogger, and I have three websites, focused on the sanctity of life. The first one is https://neverabortion.com, which is specific to calling for an end to abortion through educating people about alternatives and pro-life news and opinions. The second site, https://alllivesaresacred.com, is also devoted to ending abortion through reaching out to moms in crisis and educating them on alternatives. This second site has the broader aim of celebrating the sanctity of all human life. Born and unborn. I want to reach a broad audience through the second site. The third site, https://www.missingadultskids.com, is devoting to finding missing persons, identifying the unidentified, and bringing justice to victims of crime.

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