Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Emmanuel was last seen on September 14, 1989. Five-week-old Emmanuel was born at his grandmother's home in Dallas, Texas, but he spent seven days at Parkland Memorial Hospital after he was born. Emmanuel was released from the hospital on August 11, 1989 and he went to live with his mother Kisha Birts and his grandmother Hermane Grady in the 29th block of east Ledbetter Drive.
His abductor claimed to be a social worker and called herself Debra Manning. She first visited the home on August 12, 1989, saying that she was making a follow-up home visit from the hospital. On the evening of September 13, 1989, Debra visted again, with a letter she claimed was from the Child Welfare Department. The letter said Emmanuel needed to go to the hospital and get tested for HIV. She said she needed to take the baby immediately. Debra made an excuse as to why his mother couldn't come with them, and said she'd come pick up Emmanuel for the test the next morning.
On September 14, 1989 Debra took Emmanuel with her at 10:00 a.m. She promised to return by 2:00 p.m., but they never came back. Neither of them have ever been seen again. The family reported Emmanuel missing at 8:00 p.m.
The abductor is described as African-American, in her thirties, 5'6 tall and 145 pounds. Her hair appeared to be sandy brown, although it may have been a wig. The abductor always wore a white lab coat and surgical pants. She wore heavy blue eyeshadow and spoke with a foreign accent, possibly of African origin. She claimed to own a van, although none of Emmanuel's family members saw any vehicle. The name "Debra Manning" was almost certainly an alias.
Child Protective Services hadn't authorized Emmanuel's removal from his home for any reason. Both of Emmanuel's parents subsequently tested negative for HIV. They also took polygraph exams and neither of them are considered suspects in his abduction. The woman who called herself Debra Manning has never been identified.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Dallas Police Department
Detective Elena Perez