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‘The sweetest little baby in the world’: Vigil held for Dallas boy found in landfill

Cedric Jackson vigil in Dallas

Cedric Jackson's relatives held a vigil and at once released blue balloons Friday night. Dishundra Thomas addressed through tears mourners who had gathered at a Dallas park to remember her toddler son, whose body was found Thursday in a landfill.
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Cedric Jackson's relatives held a vigil and at once released blue balloons Friday night. Dishundra Thomas addressed through tears mourners who had gathered at a Dallas park to remember her toddler son, whose body was found Thursday in a landfill.

Dishundra Thomas had addressed through tears the mourners who had gathered at a Dallas park Friday night to remember her toddler son, whose body was found in a landfill the day before.

She stepped aside as someone else spoke into a microphone. Grief appeared to choke her. She screamed.

”I want him back,” Thomas said again and again, as she was ushered away from the gathering.

Cedric “C.J.” Jackson’s family and others held a vigil and at once released blue balloons Friday night at Lake Highlands North Park.

Cedric, who was 18 months old, had his airway compressed inside an apartment Wednesday when a man wrapped a blanket too tightly around the toddler, police alleged in an arrest warrant.

The person responsible for improperly swaddling Cedric Jackson is the boyfriend of the child’s aunt, Dallas police said. Sedrick Johnson, 27, is charged with injury to a child/serious bodily injury, a felony. Police have said more charges are possible.

Sedrick Johnson, 27, was arrested on suspicion of injury to a child in the death of his girlfriend's nephew, Dallas police said. A body believed to be 18-month-old Cedric Jackson was found in a landfill Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Johnson confessed to a detective that he put Cedric’s body inside a trash bin in northeast Dallas, police said.

Amber alerts were issued Wednesday when Cedric was reported missing. The child’s body was found about 11 a.m. Thursday in a landfill in Rowlett. The trash bin had been emptied there.

Thomas, Cedric’s mother, did not have custody of Cedric. He had been living with his aunt and was placed in her temporary custody by the state’s Child Protective Services office May 21, police have said.

Another child who was in the apartment told police Johnson often wrapped Cedric in a blanket too tightly and Cedric “would always fuss and cry prior to bedtime,” according to the warrant.

Thomas said her son had not deserved such a cruel death.

“He was the sweetest little baby in the world,” she said. “He meant everything to us.”

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