An Open Letter to the Mission’s Most Irresponsible Father

Camille Ferguson

Dear Sir:

I have been following the story about your 5-month-old baby being abducted from your car while you stopped at 18th and Mission for some herbal refreshment cigarettes. While I obviously hope she turns up safe, this question begs to be asked: What the hell is wrong with you?

It is not normal for people to leave babies in unlocked cars in the Mission while they stop to pick up a dime bag a pack of cigarettes. Of course I don’t think it’s okay for anybody to snatch a random child out of someone else’s car, but come on. Weed run Cigarettes after an unsuccessful crack mission? Doors unlocked? I am sad to say that I’m rather suspicious about the whole scenario.


Edit: To be fair to the father (ahem) he had been in the Mission looking for crack/cocaine, according to this Chronicle article, not weed. And his claim is that the girl was lifted from the car as he went into the smoke shop to get cigarettes not while he was looking for weed or crack.

Theard has a criminal record for pimping and pandering and admitted to police that he had been at 24th and Mission streets earlier Sunday evening looking for crack cocaine, but had been unsuccessful in finding it. “That has nothing to do with why my daughter is missing,” he said.

Apologies for the confusion. But my open letter still stands. Fishy story.

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9 Comments so far

  1. Victoria E (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    This has been a very funky turn of events and I am eager to see how it plays out.

  2. Bonobo (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

    Would it have been more palletable had it been a diaper run? Actually, now that I read the article I see no mention of weed at all. What makes you think he bought weed?

  3. joann Landers (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 4:57 pm

    What if the child was sold or traded for drugs or money? What if……

  4. Jess H (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    Would it have been more palletable had it been a diaper run?

    No but it wouldn’t have made from as good fodder. Still stupid, very stupid.

    Actually, now that I read the article I see no mention of weed at all. What makes you think he bought weed?

    Like I said, I’ve been following the story since I first heard about it and one of the things they mentioned last night on the local news (KTVU I think) was that the man had been looking for weed. According to the Chronicle though, he had actually been looking for crack. My bad.

  5. anna (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 6:50 pm

    Well, just to be technical he was looking for crack an hour or so before this incident of his baby being stolen. Yes, he’s negligent, but having your child stolen because you’re dumb, or have a bad character, doesn’t make the theft reasonable in my opinion. I mean, does someone who steals a baby have a good character? New dad may be worse than bad dad. Hard to tell, when you don’t know anymore facts.

  6. Jess H (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    I would’ve written about a negligent parent leaving their kid locked in a car outside Safeway while they went in for pineapple juice, but admittedly wouldn’t have found it as shady. This whole story is shady and odd. And implying that I think it’s ok to steal a baby from a car if the door is unlocked well, uh… come on. Seriously?

  7. anna (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 7:08 pm

    Oh no, didn’t mean to imply it, don’t worry!

    also- watch out for reposting photos from the chron w/out attribution.

    it was bad baby day- read obscure news, so sad.

  8. Jess H (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

    Ah thanks, it’s from so I added the credit. I meant to do it when I posted but I completely spaced.

    That article is sick.

  9. cd (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 11:35 am

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