Dallas police announce arrest of man after child’s body found at landfill
A toddler whose body was found Thursday at a landfill had his airway compressed inside a Dallas apartment when a man wrapped a blanket too tightly around the child, police alleged.
The person responsible for improperly swaddling Cedric Jackson is the boyfriend of the child’s aunt, Dallas police said. Sedrick Johnson, 27, was charged with injury to a child/serious bodily injury, a felony.
Johnson confessed to a detective that he put 18-month-old Cedric’s body inside a trash bin in northeast Dallas, police Maj. Vincent Weddington said.
Johnson may face other charges directly connected to the toddler’s death after its cause is determined by a pathologist, police said. The autopsy also is expected to positively identify the child’s remains.
The child’s body was found about 11 a.m. in a landfill in Rowlett. The trash bin had been emptied there.
Cedric was living with his aunt, Chrystal Jackson, 27, and had been placed in her temporary custody by the state Child Protective Services office May 21, police have said. Their apartment is in the 9700 block of Whitehurst Drive in Dallas.
Johnson told a detective the boy had been “swaddled in his blanket on the floor, at the foot of the bed,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Johnson said he swaddled Cedric to restrict the child’s movements because the toddler once “made a mess” with ketchup packets, a detective wrote in the affidavit.
Johnson told police Cedric started making noise at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and that when he unwrapped the swaddle, the toddler began to vomit.
Johnson said he performed CPR for about 30 to 45 minutes in a bedroom.
“The suspect stated he felt like (Cedric’s) heart was still beating,” but the boy was not moving, the detective wrote.
Johnson told police he then drove Cedric to a dumpster and placed him inside.
Another child who was in the apartment told police Johnson often wrapped Cedric too tightly and Cedric “would always fuss and cry prior to bedtime,” according to the warrant.
Police also alleged that Chrystal Jackson lied about who was present in her apartment Tuesday night and Wednesday morning when she reported Cedric had been abducted.
Later, in an interview with a detective, Chrystal Jackson said Johnson and other children had been there.
Jackson also later told police that she woke up during the night and noticed Cedric and Johnson were missing, according to an affidavit filed in a request for a search warrant. She called Johnson on his cell phone to ask him why he was not home. The court document does not describe how Johnson responded.
Chrystal Jackson was not charged with a crime Thursday.
During their investigation, police issued a regional Amber Alert on Wednesday afternoon and then a statewide Amber Alert on Wednesday night. The Amber Alert was canceled about noon Thursday.