The Redding Police Department is asking the public's help in locating a missing child that was last seen Wednesday night. Heather Gifford reported to police 7:00 a.m. Thursday morning that her son Sebastian was missing.
Sebastian McDonald, born 04/25/11, was last seen around midnight Wednesday with Gifford's boyfriend Christopher McDonald near the Good News Rescue mission on South Market Street in Redding.
Christopher McDonald has been located but police are still looking for Sebastian.
People staying at the mission told KRCR News Channel 7 that they saw the little boy in a carseat with his mother just before 6:00 am Thursday morning. They saw the mother again about an hour later, but that time, she wasn't with the little boy and she told them she was looking for Christopher.
Snipped: http://www.krcrtv.com/news/30882308/detail.html (Photo of Sebastian at link)
Redding Police say they have 40-60 people searching for Sebastion. Search is focused on Whiskeytown and Downtown Redding. The search involves the Sheriff's Department, Police Dept., Regional CART team, and now the FBI is involved.
[quote]People who stayed at the Good News Rescue Mission with the missing boy's mom, say her story is not adding up.
They told us the lights go out at 9 p.m. and at that time, both of Heather Gifford's children were with her.
Cheri Sanchez said she slept at the mission right next to Gifford and Sebastian Wednesday night.
She told us when they went to bed, "they were there. This morning, when I got up, the baby was there. Next thing I know, she's looking for Chris and then the baby is missing and that's all I know, but the baby was there this morning."
Sanchez said she saw Sebastian bundled in blankets in a car seat when they woke up around 5:45 a.m. Thursday morning.
Another woman staying at the mission, Susan Ferris, told us that at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, she saw Gifford.
This time Sebastian was not with her.
"She didn't seem like anything was wrong. She wasn't upset or anything and she didn't have the little boy with her. She just had her daughter. The behavior was a little bit odd. I would think that she would be frantic but she wasn't, " Ferris tells us.
She said Gifford was only with her daughter and was looking for her boyfriend, Christopher McDonald.
While we were at the Good News Rescue Mission, Redding Police searched Gifford's car and had it towed away.[/quote]
seems to be lots of inconsistencies around this situation....
"Shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Gifford left House of Hope with both of her children and went to a hospital in Redding, Bautista said. But when she returned later Wednesday night she did not have Sebastian with her, Bautista said."
"The child, who has blue eyes and brown hair, was last seen with McDonald near the mission on South Market Street about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday."
"Cheri Sanchez, 52, who was also staying at House of Hope, said Gifford told others she had left the boy with a friend, Sanchez said.
But Thursday morning Gifford didn’t seem to know where the boy was, Sanchez said
“Around 7:30 a.m. she started asking, ‘Has anybody seen my baby?’”
All I can say is Wow - confusing! This is also different from the previous versions posted...
Let's hope that baby is found and placed in a safe situation, and the older sister too!
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You have to go places no others can get to.
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What a confusing story! None of it makes any sense to me....
The toddler, Sebastian McDonald, was reported missing Friday morning by his mother after he never returned when he left with her boyfriend, Christopher McDonald. Though both have the same last name, they are not related.
I wish they'd get some basic facts straights
She told someone she left him with a friend then reported him missing? Are these two on drugs?
Im begining to wonder if the reporters are on drugs, is it thursday morning or Friday morning this baby was reported missing ?
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you....
Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
WTH is wrong with people
RIP little guy.
You're gonna have to live with the things you say
You'll have to cross bridges that you burned today
And everything you do, it's coming back for you
You'll never outrun what waits for you
Tomorrow. Sixx AM
Police said they will be charging Christopher McDonald with kidnapping and murder.
Yes, wth indeed is wrong with people. I don't have the answer and yet I keep asking myself the same thing ...
Times are hard for a lot of people, and as down as this mother was, I cannot believe that her situation got worse.
Mad times we live in.
Prayers for the mother, and her other child.
"Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open." - James Dewar
What a heartbreaking story ... what could possibly have been in this guy's head to harm a little baby?
God bless you little Sebastian. RIP
This world is such a mess.
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measured by how they regard animals.Anonymous
RIP baby boy. I'm so sorry your life was cut short.
RIP sweet baby.
I am dumbfounded. I just don't understand and never will.
Rest In Peace, Sebastian.
I don't understand either, but I keep trying.
Fly with the angels baby Sebastian.
I will NEVER understand some people in this world. It's just heartbreaking.
Poor little baby. Mother has to accept some responsibility for this crime. She chose to travel, aimlessly it seems, with that boyfriend. Another case where having a play-mate meant more than the child one gave birth to, apparently. Somebody could have, would have, should have loved that child more than life itself.
Christopher McDonald, 23, who was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and killing his girlfriend's 11-month-old baby, Sebastian McDonald, last week, is in a hospital and brain dead after he tried to kill himself in jail Sunday.
poor little boy...I have no words for his killer
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