Episode 25: David Blockett

July 10, 2017

David Ezell Blockett went missing on December 11th, 1980 in Newport News, Virginia. He was only 15 days old. On that day, a woman claiming to work for the Department of Social Services came to the Blockett home. Wearing a full nurse’s uniform, the woman told Vanessa, David’s mother, that she would like to take both baby David and his three year old brother, Frederick, to a Christmas cute baby contest at a nearby mall. The woman, who said that her name was Marie Kelly, convinced Vanessa to let her take the children. Later that day, Frederick was found in a nearby neighborhood, wandering the streets with a note containing his address pinned to his shirt. David was never seen again.

Sketch of the woman who took David Blockett, 1980

Today’s episode discusses David’s case, and the issue of infant abductions as a whole: the type of perpetrator likely to commit this crime, locations these abductions take place, and specific cases that have led to shocking discoveries. David Ezell Blockett remains missing.

Ebony Magazine Article

Newport News Police: 757-926-8706

The Charley Project: David Blockett

Link to Jessica Larche and Newschannel 3 WTKR’s Coverage on David Blockett

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Infant Abduction Statistics

In today’s episode, we also discuss the disappearance of Charlotte Moriarty and her six month old son, Marx.

Links to Steve Carter’s story:





  1. Victoria says:

    Hi. Love the podcast. Am listening to this episode and it’s not the one described. It’s about a child named Marx who went missing and 34 years later, he finds himself on the NCMEC

    1. thinairpodcast says:

      Hi Victoria!
      We begin the episode with baby Marx’s case and transition into David Blockett’s story as a way to provide context about infant abductions and the hope that David is still alive and can be found. His story is in the second part, so keep listening! -Jordan

      1. Victoria says:

        Ah, thanks! My fault for commenting before listening all the way through 🙂

  2. Suki says:

    This may not be a popular opinion, but who gives a 15 day old baby to a complete stranger? As a mother, I can’t even fathom that. I realize it was a different time then but I still can’t imagine giving your baby to someone you knew nothing about. This is a crime that could have been so easily prevented.

  3. Charlotte says:

    Please don’t blame the victim.

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