Standing at 4’11”, 22-year-old Akia Eggleston was a pint-sized powerhouse. She was already the mother of a two-year-old daughter, but Akia was eight months pregnant and looking forward to adding a new addition to her family. She knew she was having a boy, but the pregnancy hadn’t been easy. The doctors ordered to bedrest because the baby was breech, not that she was following directions. And there was something else.
For some reason, Akia was keeping the identity of her child’s father a secret from friends and family. However, Akia’s stepfather did a little digging and found out that the baby’s father was a childhood friend of his. He was shocked.
That didn’t stop the family from celebrating the baby boy’s arrival. It was just a month before her due date when Akia put down a $900 deposit for her baby shower, but when the day came, the pregnant mother didn’t show up. Her loved ones called and texted her, but no one received a response.
“The day I received the case, myself and another detective went out to the apartment,” said Baltimore Police Det. Michael Reno. “We did an initial canvass. I talked to one of the maintenance men. The maintenance man said ‘Yeah, she was just here, I saw her an hour ago,’ so I was feeling pretty confident that ‘OK, I can clear this thing pretty quick.'”
“She had a roommate, a female roommate,” said Det. Reno. “The 2-year-old would spend time with Akia, and spend time with her father. Now, the roommate also had a child. So there was two small children in the house and the two mothers.”
“We pulled the video from the apartment complex,” said Reno. “We pulled MTA, all the bus footage for the entire Cherry Hill area to see if we could get her getting on a bus. We’re talking hours and hours — all negative. We were trying to work a timeline, so we had to go back to when she was last seen and then go from there.”