S.F. police name father as suspect in infant’s death

A father who reported his 5-month-old baby as kidnapped Sunday is now a suspect in her death after he led police to her body early Wednesday.

Anthony Demone Theard, 24, had not been arrested for the death of his daughter Camille, but police identified him as a suspect and said he led them to her body sometime after midnight Tuesday.

Theard initially reported Camille missing on Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. when, he said, he parked his silver 2002 Cadillac on 18th Street near Mission Street, and went to a smoke shop. He said Camille had been snatched from the front passenger’s seat, and that he ran back into the store to call 911 after discovering she was gone.

But Theard was on parole for an April conviction on a charge of attempted pimping. He had been sentenced to two years in state prison, but was given credit for time served, and was put on parole, California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Elaine Jennings said Wednesday.

Parole officers arrested Theard on Tuesday for child endangerment, Jennings said, after learning that he had supposedly left Camille in the car while he went to the store.

It was while Theard was in custody that police developed information on the whereabouts of Camille’s body, according to San Francisco police Officer Maria Oropeza. Theard is still in custody for parole violation.

The body was discovered in an area of remote, rough terrain, near the intersection of Mansell Street and John F. Shelley Drive in John McLaren Park, Oropeza said.

Police had been searching the Mission district and other areas of The City, using dogs to search for her scent and fliers to put citizens on the alert.

Oropeza did not say Wednesday whether Camille had ever been in the car Sunday, or if she was already dead when Theard first reported her missing.

“That’s all part of the investigation, which is happening right now,” she said. Mayor Gavin Newsom indicated Wednesday that he had been privy to the investigation, and that Theard had been subjected to a polygraph test.

Newsom characterized Camille’s death as tragic. He said, “There is nothing more horrific truly than a young baby whose life is lost, and to see the life end in a body found in the park abandoned adds insult to the horrific aspect of it.”

Police did not indicate when or if they will arrest Theard for Camille’s death. He is the only suspect they identified publicly, but Oropeza said he is not necessarily the only suspect.

Staff writer Joshua Sabatini contributed to this report.

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