Da’Shawn Leon McCormick was born on August 17, 2007, in Anchorage, Alaska.

This year he should be celebrating his tenth birthday surrounded by his family. But his mother is spending another year without him.

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Posted by National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Thursday, August 17, 2017

The young boy went missing four years ago.

According to his mother, Da’Shawn was living with his father Floyd Leroy Lee Jr., and his stepmother when he was reported missing on April 1, 2013.

Jasmine McCormick

The FBI reports that Lee and his wife were arrested in connection with a federal fraud investigation in April 2013. At the time of his arrest, Lee refused to tell investigators where his son was located.

His mom wrote on GoFundMe that she believes he might have been given to another family before the arrest.

Posted by Dashawn McCormick on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The missing person’s case has been handled by Anchorage Police, the FBI, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In an interview with Dearly, his mom Jasmine McCormick said she last saw her son in March 2012, when she left Alaska to escape an alleged abusive relationship with Lee.

Jasmine McCormick

Jasmine said she brought three other children with her when she left, but was unable to bring Da’Shawn:

“I had to make the choice to stay and die or lose a child and leave and get the other children out of there. I wanted to take Da’Shawn with me but I would’ve been put in prison. [Lee] had full custody. My son couldn’t leave the state.”

The last time Jasmine heard from Da’Shawn was in June 2012. Jasmine’s mother had called to speak to him, but Jasmine couldn’t speak for fear that Lee would know where she lived:

“Then I got a call from his stepmom’s mother saying the last time she saw him was on July 4, 2012. After that, all of her other grandkids would come over to visit but not him.”

After the arrest, someone came forward and said that his stepmom had admitted to killing Da’Shawn and burying him on her property one night during a party.

Posted by Dashawn McCormick on Friday, March 4, 2016

But the lead eventually went dry:

“She told the police that it never happened.”

Since then, Jasmine hasn’t given up on her search to find her son. Her family has put together several Facebook pages to publish information, and they have been working with investigators.

Posted by Dashawn McCormick on Monday, March 23, 2015

Now Jasmine officially has full custody of Da’Shawn even though he is missing. She told Dearly that she remembers him as a sweet young boy who was always upbeat:

“When he came in the room, he brightened everyone’s day. I know people say there aren’t perfect children, but he was a perfect child. I now have many kids to compare him to, and he was by far the most perfect kid I had.”

The mom wanted to share her son’s story with the hope that, on his birthday, someone would come forward with information on his whereabouts:

“Continue to pray for my son. If you know anything, please come forward. I know there are people who have information about this case but won’t come forward for their safety. I just want to know what happened to him.”

Da’Shawn is described as a biracial young male with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a burn mark on his leg and scar on the center of his forehead.

Posted by Dashawn McCormick on Friday, March 4, 2016

NCMEC has also published an age progression of how he might look today.

NCMEC

According to NCMEC, more than 465,676 children were reported missing in 2016. It is unknown how many children are missing in the U.S., but it is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.

Anyone with information about Da’Shawn’s case is encouraged to contact NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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