The investigators interviewed Todd, who said she was hired as a nanny but became Ferguson's live-in girlfriend. Todd said she learned Ferguson was seeing another woman and decided to move out of his home when Christian got sick in May 2000. According to the police report, Todd said she had no idea Ferguson blamed her for Christian's hospitalization. (Todd could not be reached to comment for this story.)

Also questioned were five of the in-home nurses who had cared for Christian between 2001 and 2003. According to the police report, the nurses in separate interviews said Ferguson appeared to be the sole caregiver for his son, that Monica Ferguson wanted little to do with the child and instructed them to keep Christian out of the rooms she occupied.

Registered nurse Margaret Binion told Ludovico she tried to have a "woman to woman" talk with Ferguson and that "during their conversation, Christian came up to Monica and she pushed him away, saying 'Leave me alone, You get on my last nerve.'"

Christian Ferguson (left) and his younger brother, Connor (right), with their father, Dawan Ferguson, in a photo from the mid-1990s. The boys were born a year apart; Christian had citrullinemia but Connor did not.
Courtesy Theda Thomas
Christian Ferguson (left) and his younger brother, Connor (right), with their father, Dawan Ferguson, in a photo from the mid-1990s. The boys were born a year apart; Christian had citrullinemia but Connor did not.
Red dots (see top detail) show where police believe Dawan Ferguson went before phoning in to report Christian's abduction from just within the St. Louis city limits at Skinker Parkway and Page Boulevard (bottom detail); 100 yards away, on Hodiamont Avenue, police found a car that belonged to Ferguson's girlfriend. (Click here for the PDF version of this map)
Red dots (see top detail) show where police believe Dawan Ferguson went before phoning in to report Christian's abduction from just within the St. Louis city limits at Skinker Parkway and Page Boulevard (bottom detail); 100 yards away, on Hodiamont Avenue, police found a car that belonged to Ferguson's girlfriend. (Click here for the PDF version of this map)

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The nurses also spoke of neglect on the part of the Fergusons. The report notes that a nurse named Sandra Speights "frequently found Christian at the beginning of her shift wearing the same diaper she placed on him at the end of her shift on the previous day. Speights would find Christian would [sic] two diapers on him, soaked. Speights said she knew Dawan and/or Monica F. would double diaper Christian so they would not have to change his diapers as often."

Another nurse told investigators that she'd often brought along food for Christian because the family didn't adequately stock the pantry.

Attorney Douglas Roller, who over the years has represented Monica Ferguson, did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment. Monica Ferguson could not be reached.

Several of the nurses cited issues with Christian's medications. A nurse named Trdell Day "noticed that the medications and formula were lasting longer than it should have been. Day began to notice the formula supplement was not being used and the contents of the blender would still be in the refridgerator [sic] the following morning."

More than one nurse reported that after he'd been informed that Christian's medicine was running low, Dawan Ferguson failed to replenish the supply. Two said they began purchasing Christian's medications themselves. "If I didn't do it, it didn't get done," nurse Kimberly Nero observed.

In February 2003, Nero called Christian's geneticist, Dr. Dorothy Grange, to request refills of his prescriptions. Grange's office indicated the doctor hadn't seen Christian in more than a year and stipulated a checkup. According to the police report, Nero alerted Dawan Ferguson "but he did not offer to accompany her with Christian. Dawan F. explained Christian was scared of the doctor's office and since Christian was doing so well, he did not need to see the doctor. Dawan F. told [the nurse] that the clinic 'let him slide.'"

Nero took Christian for the checkup anyway, on March 6, 2003. Dr. Grange later told investigators "this was the second consecutive visit that Dawan F. failed to accompany his son. According to Dr. Grange, Dawan F. was becoming more ambivalent with the care and treatment of his son." Grange's staff noted that Christian had dropped from the 25th percentile in height and weight to the 3rd percentile, according to medical records.

The detectives considered the timing of these events significant, according to the report, which notes that one week later, on March 13, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services canceled nursing services in the Ferguson household.

"The following week after in home nursing services were terminated," the report reads, "Christian and Connor came to the Heritage House facility for the scheduled visitation period with their mother on March 22, 2003. Thomas said that both her sons appeared unkept [sic] and dirty. ...[Thomas] could see an obvious loss of wieght [sic]. ...[She] took [Christian] to Children's Hospital for treatment. ...This was the last time Theda Thomas has seen her son."


Best he can recall, it was a morning late in the spring of 2004 when Victor Thomas opened the front door and found a manila envelope on the stoop.

No leads had turned up in months, and the investigation into Christian's disappearance was obviously stalled. But clearly, whoever left the envelope on the Thomases' porch wanted them to know what police had uncovered.

Inside was a copy of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's confidential 33-page investigative report.

Says Thomas: "I sat down, I started reading, and I thought, Oh, my God."

Thomas saw a timeline police had pieced together, outlining Dawan Ferguson's activities preceding his call to 911.

He saw the nurses' statements about caring for Christian in the Ferguson household.

He saw that by subpoenaing pharmacy records, police determined that Christian's medications were last requested on April 22, 2003, and that the last batch had never been picked up.

"The more I read," says Thomas, "the more I cried."

The report also described how the Fergusons had apparently moved out of their rented house within roughly two weeks of Christian's disappearance and how investigators for Dawan's attorney, John Rogers, had hauled numerous items out of the dwelling.

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