Police arrest suspect in theft of diaper bag at San Francisco's Hall of Justice 

click to enlarge A man with a gray ponytail allegedly swiped the diaper bag belonging to the foster mother of a baby who was abandoned after birth in the Bayview district in December. - COURTESY OF THE SFPD
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  • A man with a gray ponytail allegedly swiped the diaper bag belonging to the foster mother of a baby who was abandoned after birth in the Bayview district in December.

In only the first few months of his life, a San Francisco infant was abandoned on a rain-soaked street after birth, born with cocaine in his system and most recently the victim of theft.

The latest misfortune happened Wednesday, police said, when a diaper bag belonging to the boy’s foster mother was brazenly stolen from just beyond the security area in the Hall of Justice.

The cream colored and leopard-pattern bag, which the foster mother accidentally left in the lobby after passing through security, reportedly contained a wallet, credit cards, cash, phone and baby items.

Police have released video surveillance footage of the man they believe lifted the bag at about 4 p.m. He is between ages 45 and 55, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds with gray hair in a pony tail, police said.

The theft follows an unfortunate first few months of life for so-called Baby Nash.

At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 12, police said, the infant’s mother Nneka Nash gave birth on a sidewalk at Third Street and McKinnon Avenue. She then reportedly passed him along to a man she knew from the neighborhood and walked away.

She was arrested in connection with the incident.

Despite the infant’s early misfortunes, he is lucky to be alive. Two officers were hailed as heroes for rushing the unresponsive newborn to San Francisco General Hospital in their patrol car, administering CPR along the way.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s theft is asked to call Inspector John Keane of the Special Victims Unit at (415) 553-9363, to the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444, or to Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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