Dallas police announce arrest of man after child’s body found at landfill
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m. Thursday: A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Dallas toddler whose body was found Thursday at a landfill, police said. The suspect is the boyfriend of the child’s aunt.
Sedrick Johnson, 27, was booked on suspicion of injury to a child-serious bodily injury, police said. Johnson confessed to putting 18-month-old Cedric Jackson in a trash container in northeast Dallas, police said.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, Thursday morning: An 18-month-old Dallas toddler who had been the focus of a statewide Amber Alert is believed to be dead, according to WFAA-TV and other news reports.
Chrystal Jackson, the aunt of Cedric Jackson, said that police told her the boy is not alive, according to an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s media partner, WFAA.
“He’s dead. He’s gone,” Chrystal Jackson said.
WFAA also cited police sources saying the child is dead.
WFAA, KTVT-TV and KDFW-TV reported Thursday afternoon that the boy’s body has been found in a North Texas landfill in Rowlett.
In a news release Thursday morning, Dallas police said they had not found a body. The release did not comment on the reports that Cedric Jackson is believed to be dead.
Police said they plan to hold a press conference on the case at 3:30 p.m.
Police and family members have not released any information on how the boy is believed to have died.
The toddler was living with his aunt and had been placed in her temporary custody by the state Child Protective Services office, police Major Max Geron said Wednesday. Another child who was at the apartment reported someone who appeared to be a male relative took Cedric.
Police said Wednesday that they found the man, but Cedric was not with him. The man was taken into custody and was put in jail in Keller on unrelated warrants, Geron said.
Police were interviewing Cedric’s parents and aunt and planned to again interview the other child who was present when Cedric was taken. Detectives have searched the home and canvassed the neighborhood, police said.
Geron declined to describe the reason Child Protective Services had evaluated the boy’s custody before Wednesday.
The aunt reported to police that she put the child down to sleep about 11 p.m. and discovered him missing at around 6 a.m.
Cedric was last seen wearing a diaper.
A regional Amber Alert was issued at about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and a statewide Amber Alert on Wednesday night. The statewide Amber Alert was discontinued shortly before noon Thursday, according to a notice from the Texas Alerts System.