North American Missing Persons Network
Angelique James

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Above Image: James, circa 1997; Right; AP to age 20

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 15, 1997 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 2, 1992
  • Age: 4
  • Height: 3'6"
  • Weight: 40 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: She has a fracture in her left arm
    that is visible only on an x-ray; she was born with one of her legs and arms
    shorter than the other. Angelique has burn scars on top of one foot.

  • Details of Disappearance
    James was last seen in her family's home in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 1997.

    Authorities believe Angelique was killed between December 15, 1996, and March 1, 1997 by her mother, Shirley Ann James. Shirley James, failed to comply when authorities inquired as to her daughter's whereabouts. Shirley was arrested in November 1997, nine months after Angelique disappeared, when authorities demanded she produce the child and she did not. She was charged with Angelique's presumed murder, as well as three counts of child abuse and two counts of corporal injury to a child.

    Shirley has seven other children in addition to Angelique. One of them, a nine-month-old daughter, died in 1992, apparently of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The baby's death was reviewed by homicide investigators after Angelique's disappearance, but no charges were filed. Shirley was sentenced to five years in prison in 1998, but Angelique's body has never been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
    (213) 890-5500

    Source Information
    Child Search Ministries
    The Charley Project