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Infant Missing; Raleigh Police Search for Clues

Posted April 6, 1998

— Raleigh police have taken a female suspect into custody in connection with the apparent kidnapping and abandonment of 2-month old Tristian McMillion. The woman's identity has not yet been released.

Cassandra McMillion, the infant's mother, also entered police headquarters Wednesday afternoon, but the reason is not known. She was not cuffed when she went in.

A southeast Raleigh neighborhood was inundated with investigators Tuesday afternoon, as police searched for clues in the disappearance of a 2-month-old boy. Details are few, but police will only refer to this as a missing person case.

Raleigh Police Captain Michael Longmire says there have been as many as 60 officers involved in the search, which began early Tuesday morning.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that the infant, Tristian McMillion, may have been left alone with his 11-year-old brother in an apartment near the Carver and Pender Street intersection, just east of Raleigh's downtown area, prior to the infant's disappearance. Officers blocked off roads surrounding the apartment complex off of New Bern Avenue while they scour through garbage pails and even garbage dumpsters for evidence.

Tristian was last seen in his crib at 9 p.m. Monday. His mother Cassandra McMillion called police to report him missing at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. The baby's car-seat and blanket were also missing.

The search extended 10 miles away from the baby's home, to the Wake County landfill, where investigators sifted through debris looking for any clues that might lead them to the child. The family's garbage had been collected Tuesday morning.

When asked about beer bottles investigators had lined up against the home, Longmire said people could draw their own conclusions about what had been going on in the home. He said there was evidence many people had been in and out of the duplex Monday night, and that he wants to hear from them.

Neighbors have been interviewed at length, and both parents were questioned at police headquarters. Police say they are not suspects at this time.

Neighbor Patricia Winston said she had heard the baby's mother and his father, Earl Holdman, squabbling over the baby in the past.

A police K-9 unit was also involved in the search for clues. Officers set up a command post in the area Tuesday morning, but dismantled it late Tuesday afternoon.

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