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Daphne Viola Webb
Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: January 1, 2012
Missing Date: July 10, 2013
Age Now: 1
Missing City: Oakland
Missing State: Calif.
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Medium
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: John Anthony Webb, 49, Father of missing 21-month-old Daphne Viola Webb, lives on Greenridge Drive. Webb said his daughter disappeared when he left her in his black Ford SUV with an elderly relative and went into Gazzali’s Supermarket at 78th and International Boulevard around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Circumstances of Disappearance: The case has been complicated from the beginning.
Webb left his daughter in an unlocked SUV with his 87-year-old mother who has dementia, according to authorities, while he went in to a grocery store.
When he returned, “the car seat was pulled over and the back door was open. My mom’s purse was gone,” said Webb.
After Webb told police the circumstances surrounding the disappearance, he was charged with suspicion of felony child endangerment because he left the child with his mother despite her condition.
However, on the day he was due in court, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Webb and he was released from custody.
“My daughter’s missing, and I have to live with that,” Webb said after being released from jail. “Even though I’m out of jail, I’m still not free. I can’t really sleep.”
Oakland Police say Webb is not a suspect in his daughter’s disappearance.
KGO-TV 7 in San Francisco also reported that court documents show that Daphne’s mother faced misdemeanor child endangerment charges before her daughter went missing. The station reports:
Kiana Davis-Webb, 31, also known as Kiana Janelle Davis, was arrested Feb. 18th, after she admitted to police that she had consumed Vicodin and alcohol before operating a car with Daphne in the back seat, according to records. Oakland police Officer Alonzo Weatherly said in a report filed in court that a pedestrian called police “out of concern” for Daphne, after seeing Davis-Webb passed out behind the wheel of her car with the child inside.