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Avery Norris

Real Name: Avery James Norris
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: September 21, 1989


Occupation: None
Date of Birth: September 18, 1989
Height: Unrevealed
Weight: 8 lbs.
Marital Status: Inapplicable
Characteristics: African-American male. He has an oval-shaped birth mark on his right leg.


Details: On September 18, 1989, thirty-year-old Linda McLaughlin-Norris gave birth to her son, Avery, at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. At 11:30am on the morning of September 21, a woman dressed as a nurse entered their room. She instructed Linda to hand Avery over. She told Linda that she needed to return to her bed so that a physical examination could be done. She told her that Avery would be placed back in the hospital's new baby unit. After pulling the privacy curtain around the bed, the woman and Avery vanished.
Authorities are now searching for Avery and his abductor. It is believed that the latter is someone who has an emotional need to have a child. It is believed that she may change Avery's appearance. However, she is still going to proud of him and let others know that she does have him.
Suspects: The woman dressed as a nurse that took Avery away while in the hospital is believed to have abducted him. She was apparently familiar with hospital routines. She is described as a light-skinned black female; she may have been Pakistani or Indian. She is thirty to thirty-five years old. She weighs 125 pounds, with a stocky build, and shoulder-length black hair.
Extra Notes: This case first aired as part of an FBI Alert on the October 11, 1989 episode. It was updated on December 13, 1989.

Karleane Wilkinson

Results: Solved. On November 15, 1989, the Maryland State Division of Vital Records received a call from a woman who claimed that she had given birth to a son at home two months earlier. She, thirty-three-year-old Karleane Victoria Wilkinson, said she wished to obtain a birth certificate for her son, Taivon. Authorities immediately became suspicious and began an investigation. A DNA test determined that he was actually Avery. His head had been shaved to change his appearance. Wilkinson was arrested and charged with kidnapping.
On November 16, two-month-old Avery went home with his parents, Linda and Douglas, for the first time. Wilkinson was a Jamaican immigrant who was on federal probation for immigration violations. She was later convicted of three counts of kidnapping. She was sentenced to thirty years in prison. She has since been released.
In 1990, the Norris family sued the hospital, alleging that it was negligent and did not provide adequate security to protect Avery.