UPDATE: Just before this story was set to air Tuesday, Memphis Police canceled the city watch and said the child was found in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

WREG is checking to see whether anyone may face charges.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are looking for a mother and her 2-year-old daughter Monday after they walked out of a supervised visit at the Department of Children’s Services.

A City Watch was issued for Tanica Cotton, 29, and Tanija Jordan, 2.

Detectives report the last place the mother and daughter were seen was inside a Midtown Memphis building off Union. Monday, just before 1 in the afternoon, police were called there to a “custodial interference” report.

A DCS employee told officers Cotton was having a supervised visit with her daughter. At one point Cotton said she wanted to take the little girl to the hospital due to a cold.

An employee told police at one point the mother was hugging her daughter when she suddenly took off running.

When it comes to supervised visitation, state protocol says, “Individuals supervising visitation must be able to protect a child/youth from harm or abduction during the visitation, be able to exercise control and intervene if required during the visit.”

When we reached out to DCS, they told us they are unable to release case-specific information regarding children or families served by the department.

However, a Memphis Police spokesperson said they do not believe the child is in danger.

The mother is wearing blue jeans and a dark pink shirt and carrying a backpack. The girl is wearing a light pink dress and her hair is in pigtails. A police report indicates a Wisconsin address for Cotton.

Anyone with information is asked to call Memphis Police at 901-545-2677 or call the Missing Persons Bureau at 901-636-4479.