Who lost Relisha?


The man suspected of abducting Relisha Rudd, 8, allegedly posed as a doctor to appease curious school officials. (Homeless Children’s Playtime Project)

Many were entrusted with the care of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd — the school she attended, the shelter where she lived, a child welfare agency that had long kept an eye on her family, and, of course, her mother. Who among them is liable for her disappearance is not an easy question to answer. The Post’s Peter Hermann, Emma Brown and Lynh Bui dig in to a heartbreaking tale: “With the search now into its eighth day with no breaks, Relisha’s difficult past is coming into focus. Guardians, social workers and employees at the subsidized shelter had extensive contact with Relisha but missed or ignored repeated opportunities to intervene weeks or even years ago, records show. And her mother, who allowed Relisha to be with Tatum, told school officials her daughter was missing school because she was sick, an explanation that authorities say delayed their ability to respond.”

In other news:

Amid other concerns, questions persist about Relisha’s Amber Alert (WRC-TVWUSA-TVWNEW-FMWJLA-TV)

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Andy Shallal very much would have liked to have been invited (Loose Lips)

Bob McCartney on Bowser: “Here’s what momentum looks like …” (Post column)

The mayoral horse race (Loose Lips)

The mayoral horse race, LGBT edition (Blade)

The City Paper guide to your Democratic candidates (City Desk)

WAMU/City Paper poll: Anita Bonds has comfortable lead in at-large race (WAMU-FM)

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DCMJ may have endorsed Tommy Wells, but honcho Adam Eidinger is supporting Bowser (Loose Lips)

The initiative shall be known as the “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014″ (DCist)

So many unanswered questions about planned United Medical Center replacement (WBJHousing Complex)

Whole Foods will open monthly popup market at St. Elizabeths (Capital Business)

Jim Graham’s accusations against Brianne Nadeau “only reinforces” her endorsement (Post editorial)

Nadeau confronts her accuser at the Secret Starbucks (Loose LipsWashingtonian)

The Current’s new mayoral endorsement: Jack Evans may be best qualified, but only Bowser can beat Gray (@mikedebonis)

Vince Gray bets big on black radio (DofD)

Jack Evans takes his case against Muriel Bowser to the mail (Loose Lips)

Inside Carlos Allen’s sweet, sweet motorcoach (Loose Lips)

Gray: New allegations “clearly had an impact” on his re-election chances (WRC-TV)

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Most everyone likes the changes in the city. Who gets to take credit? (Housing Complex)

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Three of the five reasons why Channel 9 thinks suburbanites should care about the mayor’s race involve their cars (WUSA-TV)

Today could be the final day of hypothermia season; will the city start turning out homeless families? (Housing Complex)

Four members of “G-Rod” gang, convicted of murder and other serious charges, will be going to jail for a very long time (PostHomicide Watch)

Judge orders Georgetown ricin suspect released; prosecutors appeal (WTOP)

Star of ABC comedy series endorses D.C. statehood (Loose Lips)

How to get policymakers to pay attention to blogs and tweets? (GGW)

DDOT is high on plastic bridges (Plastics News)

Wet winter means many, many potholes (WaTimes)

The injured snowy owl is getting some new feathers in Minnesota (WTOP)

Bikeshare is good for business, survey concludes (WAMU-FM)

Joe Biden hits the Florida Avenue Grill to highlight minimum wage hike (DCist)

The “phantom planter” is back — or his perennials are, anyway (WRC-TV)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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