Real Name: Le-Zhan Williams
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Vallejo, California
Date: May 17, 1996
Date of Birth: April 22, 1996
Weight: 8 lbs.
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Details: Six-week-old Le-Zhan Williams was the son of a rising rap star named Lathan Williams and Lathan's girlfriend, seventeen-year-old Daphne Boyden. She lived with her grandmother, Riva Lee Boyden, and was working hard to finish high school while raising her young son. On May 17, 1996, two unidentified girls arrived at Daphne's home as Riva Lee was getting ready to go to bingo. The girls asked to see Daphne and baby Le-Zhan. Riva Lee did not recognize the girls, but it appeared that Daphne knew them. Riva Lee left that afternoon to go to bingo.
An hour later, she received a call from a neighbor who said that her house was on fire. She immediately rushed home and was told by an officer that Daphne was dead. Soon, it was discovered that the fire had been deliberately set and Daphne had been shot to death. They also found no trace of Le-Zhan.
It was obvious to police that the girls had murdered Daphne and then kidnapped the baby. Police, however, had few leads in the case and no suspects have been identified. Her death outraged the community. Hundreds of people came out to march in the streets, memorializing her death and demanding justice.
Suspects: The two unidentified girls who met with Daphne that afternoon are the prime suspects. They were first seen arriving at the house by a neighbor. One of the girls had a black tote bag which contained some rope. The neighbor felt that the girls were suspicious. Another witness reported seen the girls fleeing from the home as it went ablaze carrying a bundle believed to be baby Le-Zhan. Two more witnesses saw the girls; they also believe that the girls were concealing something. The two girls, presumed to be the perpetrators, were teenage African-American females. One is 5'4, heavy set and kept her face covered. The other is 5'6 and thin. She wore her hair straight and cut on an angle. They have never been identified.
Ten months before Le-Zhan's abduction and Daphne's murder, Lathan Williams was attacked and shot in the head during an attempted robbery. The shooter was arrested and convicted, thanks to Lathan's testimony. It has not been determined if the shooting was related to the murder/abduction.
Lathan's mother also heard rumors that girls had been threatening Daphne prior to the murder. They apparently wanted to be with Lathan and wanted the child. However, the rumors are unsubstantiated.
Results: Solved. In December of 2002, six years after Daphne's murder, Le-Zhan was found in a home just two miles away. He was living with twenty-two-year-old Latasha Brown and Osienetta Williams (no relation to Lathan or Le-Zhan Williams), who were arrested in connection to his kidnapping and his mother's murder. Latasha's mother, Delores Brown, was arrested for child concealment and served a one-year sentence.
Ocianetta agreed to testify against Latasha and was given a thirteen-year sentence for her connection in the murder and abduction. She has since been released. Latasha was found guilty of murder in 2004 and sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.
Le-Zhan was reunited with his family a few weeks after he was found. Sadly, he could not be reunited with his father, Lathan Williams, who was serving an unrelated twelve-year sentence for armed robbery. He was released from prison in 2010.
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