The aunt of an 18-month-old Texas boy whose body was found in a landfill last week has been arrested on a child endangerment charge.
Chrystal Jackson, 27, was booked into Dallas County Jail Thursday morning. She was charged with child endangerment/criminal negligence and her bond set at $35,000.
Child Protective Services placed Cedric in his aunt’s care in May under an agreement with the child’s biological parents.
That woman reported Cedric Jackson missing on July 10. She told police she woke about 6 a.m., seven hours after putting him to bed, and discovered he was gone.
“It’s so crazy. I woke up, and all I can remember is he wasn’t there. The first thing I did was start looking,” Jackson said. “He’s not going to get up and walk off on his own. He can’t even walk off curbs.”
Officials issued an Amber Alert for Cedric Wednesday night because another child living in the apartment said they saw someone take Cedric in the middle of the night.
Jackson’s boyfriend, Sedrick Johnson, later confessed that he was at the apartment and moved Cedric’s body to a dumpster in northeast Dallas.
He stated the 18-month-old got up one night and “made a mess” with ketchup packets, so he wrapped him tightly in a blanket to prevent him from getting up in the night, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
John said the little boy began throwing up and became unresponsive after he unwrapped him around 12:30 a.m. July 10.
Johnson told police he performed CPR on the boy for approximately 30 to 45 minutes before putting him in the dumpster which was emptied twice since then.
Cedric’s body was found July 11 at a Rockwall landfill.
CPS removed six other children’s from Jackson’s home after the boy’s death. Two were Jackson’s children and four were Johnson’s children.
Johnson was charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. He was being held in Dallas County Jail with his bond set at $500,000.