CLAYTON, Mo. — A St. Louis County man was sentenced Friday in the death of his disabled 9-year-old son Christian, who disappeared in 2003.
After several hours of deliberation, Dawan Ferguson’s fate was determined: guilty of first-degree murder. He also faces a life sentence without parole.
“I don’t see anyone as a real winner in this case,” said Derek Dunn, a family acquaintance.
The family said they felt some justice had been done, but without Christian’s body they would never be fully closed.
“They will probably never understand the pain we endured,” Christian’s mother, Theda, told Person. “I’ve never seen my child’s teeth fall out. There are so many things I’ve never had to do.”
Ferguson had said Christian was kidnapped after his car was stolen on the way to the hospital. Christian was never found.
During a news conference on Friday, Person said the verdict was still falling after years of demanding justice.
“I heard the words and I know it’s real, but I still allow it to seep in because I’ve fought for so long,” Person said. “I had to be so strong for other people, including myself.”
Prosecutors said the defense side of the story has many loopholes.
“There was a lot of evidence that Dawan committed the murder, so I think the jury got it right,” said lead prosecutor John Schlesinger. “Evidence is evidence.”
Defense attorneys argued that there was no evidence to show a motive for Christian’s death. Christian had a rare metabolic disease, was disabled and required 24-hour care.
A jury found that his father’s lack of care, specifically with one piece of evidence, a medicine bottle, led to a determining factor in their determination that the murder was premeditated.
“They showed us the data and it’s like there’s medication from months and a year ago that wasn’t given to Christian,” said judge Evan Harris.
The family said they believe Dawan and several other people abandoned Christian. Now, after almost 20 years, the biggest question remains what happened to Christian.
“You know the truth, where is my baby? Where do you put my baby?” said person.
FOX 2 tried to reach the defense attorney, but she never came outside for an interview.
The jury was instructed to ignore all lesser charges once convicted of one charge. The murder conviction will come at a later date.
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/family-speaks-after-dawan-ferguson-convicted-of-murder-in-sons-death/ Family speaks out after Dawan Ferguson is convicted of murder in his son’s death