AMBER Alert for Dallas Toddler Comes to Tragic End After Body Found, Aunt's Boyfriend Arrested

July 12, 2019Jul 12, 2019

An AMBER Alert was issued earlier in the week for a 18-month old boy. Now the sad news comes that he has been found dead, reported Fox.

The body of a missing Dallas toddler was located Thursday morning in an area landfill. Police found him there after the aunt’s boyfriend confessed to putting the boy’s body in a dumpster.

The Dallas Police Department confirmed that 18-month-old Cedric Jackson is dead. Police identified Sedrick Johnson, who is the boyfriend of Cedric's aunt, as the suspect in the case.

After questioning him, police say he admitted to taking Cedric in the middle of the night and putting him in a dumpster in Northeast Dallas. Police searched the dumpster but then learned it had been emptied into a landfill.

Police say they do not yet have a motive for this crime. The medical examiner will determine Cedric’s time and cause of death. Johnson has been charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday for Cedric after he was reportedly abducted from his aunt’s apartment in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. It has since been canceled.

The boy’s aunt told police she put him down for bed Tuesday night and when she woke up Wednesday morning he was gone. His aunt had temporary custody of him.

Cedric was placed by CPS in the custody of his aunt two months ago. The child’s mother, DiShundra Thomas, and his father told FOX 4 on Wednesday the custody arrangement was a mutual agreement that CPS approved with visitation granted to Cedric’s mother.

“I was just unable to completely care for him at the moment, but they were,” Thomas said. “They had all intentions of giving him back to us.”

CPS says investigators removed six other children from the aunt’s apartment Wednesday night. Two of them are hers. Six of the kids belong to to her boyfriend.

This is such a sad ending to his story. Please pray for everyone who is mourning his passing.