The aunt of Cedric Jackson, an 18-month-old boy who was found dead in a Rowlett landfill last week, deceived police and thwarted the search for him, authorities alleged Thursday.
Chrystal Jackson, 27, has been charged with child endangerment. The state Child Protective Services office had placed Cedric in her temporary custody. They lived with Chrystal Jackson’s boyfriend and other children in an apartment in Dallas.
Cedric’s airway was compressed when his aunt’s boyfriend, Sedrick Johnson, wrapped a blanket too tightly around the child, police have alleged.
Johnson told police that Cedric vomited and became unresponsive, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Johnson left the boy in a dumpster, he told police.
Chrystal Jackson lied to investigators about who was in her apartment at the time it became clear the toddler was not there and lied about how long she knew Cedric was no longer in the apartment, according to WFAA-TV. The Star-Telegram’s media partner reported that the allegations were described in an arrest warrant affidavit.
Jackson called 911 shortly after 6 a.m. July 10 and reported someone kidnapped her nephew, according to the warrant. In interviews with law enforcement officers late July 10 and early July 11, Jackson said she first knew Cedric was not in the apartment at two different times: 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.
“Jackson lied to law enforcement for approximately 19 hours regarding the amount of time she knew” Cedric was missing, according to the affidavit.
Had Chrystal Jackson told police the truth sooner, police believe Cedric “could have been located, potentially alive, within hours of his removal from suspect Jackson’s residence,” according to the affidavit.
Chrystal Jackson was booked into the Dallas County Jail about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on the felony endangerment charge, according to jail records. She remained in jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The toddler’s body was found about 11 a.m. July 11 at a landfill.
Johnson, 27, confessed to a detective that he put Cedric’s body inside a trash bin in northeast Dallas, Dallas police Maj. Vincent Weddington said. The trash bin had been emptied at the landfill.
Johnson was charged last week with injury to a child/serious bodily injury, a felony.