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Oakland father continues search for missing toddler

July 13, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The search continues for a missing toddler in Oakland whose father says was abducted from the family's car.

On Saturday, 49-year-old Anthony Webb returned to the area where he says his daughter was abducted on Wednesday. He was looking for clues and talking to people in the neighborhood.

Webb was released from jail Friday night after police dropped charges of child endangerment against him.

They're not convinced 21-month-old Daphne Violet Webb was abducted.

Webb says someone snatched the girl and stole his mother's purse while he was inside a neighborhood store. He spoke with reporters after being released from jail.

"My daughter's missing, and I have to live with that. Even though I'm out of jail, I'm still not free," said Webb. "Who saw me? I don't know who saw me to tell you the truth. But like I said, I'm a homebody, Daphne's at home, my mom's at home, and I talk to my wife everyday where she's at and she hears her in the background playing."

Webb says his wife, Kiana Webb, has been in a drug rehab program for almost three months, and she hasn't actually seen the child in two weeks.

When asked if he ever saw his wife endanger the baby, he replied, "I don't want to say that. I'm already sad and I know her mother loves her. She gave birth to her."

Webb says his wife was living on the streets with the baby which prompted a child protective services investigation. He admits there was a restraining order on his wife, and Daphne is missing part of her ear which was also part of the CPS investigation.

When asked if he could tell us how she lost that part of her ear, Webb said, "No I am not doing that on national TV. No, I am not doing that. I just want my baby home."

Webb's mother suffers from dementia and is unable to help investigators.

Police can't find anyone who saw him with his daughter that day or in the previous weeks.

Daphne is described as black, with short, curly black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing orange two-piece pajamas with pink hearts and pink socks.

Anyone with information on the girl's whereabouts is asked to call the Oakland Police Department Missing Persons Unit: (510) 238-3352 or 911.


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