According to sources from family and police, an 18-month-old boy who had an amber alert issued for him in Texas is believed to be dead at this time.
According to Dallas TV station WFAA, Crystal Jackson, the sister of Cedric Jackson Jr., said police told her that the child was not alive.
“He’s dead. He’s gone,” she said.
She said when she woke up in the middle of the night, Cedric was gone, but she couldn’t describe how somebody got into her house.
How he died is not known yet, and police sources said the boy’s body was found Thursday at a Rowlett landfill.
“We don’t know 100 percent of what happened,” Jackson said. “But we all loved that baby. He was just the sweetest baby.”
An amber alert was issued Wednesday, July 10, for an 18-month-old boy who may have been abducted from Lake Highlands. The FBI has been asked to assist police in their investigation.
Police said Cedric Jackson is a black male, with black braided hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing only a diaper at around 12:30 a.m. in the 9700 block of Whitehurst Drive. Child Protective Services had recently placed Cedric with the aunt, who said she put him to bed just after 11 p.m.
The reason for the placement was not provided by the police, but the mother of the child, Dishundra Thomas, said the placement was temporary and not against her will.
Officers responded to a call about the missing child shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday. Cedric’s paternal aunt told police she woke up and discovered the child gone from the bed.
Dallas Police Maj. Max Geron said a juvenile witness (who is not linked to Cedric) told police that in the middle of the night he saw a step-grandparent taking him.
Officers at first could not find that person, but when he was found by police, Cedric wasn’t with him. That man was taken to jail on unrelated warrants. He is considered a person of interest in the investigation.
Police described the case as a “possible abduction” and Cedric could be in danger.
“We’re going to try to make fliers or anything that can help us find our son,” Thomas, said.
“We just want our son back,” Thomas said outside Dallas police headquarters Wednesday. “He’s not even 2 years old yet. I just want him back home with me.”
As soon as a regional amber alert was issued by DPD, people who live in the apartment complex began to come out and search the area.
Search One, search and rescue staged at a nearby school and used K9’s to search the area for Cedric. Volunteers are hoping Cedric is found soon.
Police said they are also reaching out to people who had contact with the family before and after Cedric was placed with CPS.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Dallas Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 214-671-4268.