Toddler at center of Texas Amber Alert is dead, family and police sources say

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Family and police sources have reportedly said that an 18-month-old boy at the center of a now-canceled Amber Alert in Texas is dead.

Crystal Jackson, Cedric Jackson Jr.'s aunt, said police told her the boy was not alive, according to Dallas TV station WFAA

"He's dead. He's gone," said Jackson.

Police sources said the boy's body was found Thursday at a landfill in Rowlett. It's not yet known how he died.

“We don’t know 100 percent of what happened,” Jackson said. “But we all loved that baby. He was just the sweetest baby.”

She said the boy was gone when she woke up in the middle of the night, but couldn't explain how someone got into her home.

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Texas authorities have issued a statewide Amber Alert for a missing 18-month-old boy from Dallas. 

WFAA reports Cedric Jackson Jr had recently been placed in the custody of his aunt by Child Protective Services. She called police Wednesday morning to report the toddler was missing.

The aunt told police that she put Cedric to bed at about 11 p.m. Tuesday and woke up to discover him missing almost seven hours later. Police say Cedric was only wearing a diaper when she last saw him. 

Police a child inside the condo told Cedric's aunt that she saw someone, who looked like a close family friend, take the toddler from the home overnight. 

The girl said she hid when she saw the man and didn't say anything until the next morning because she was afraid.

Police identified the relative as a step-grandfather, 47-year-old Harold Johnson. Cedric wasn't with the man when he was found. He's in custody on unrelated charges.

Harold Johnson

"We still don't know who has the child or who took the child," Maj. Max Geron during a news conference. "We don’t know if that suspect is the person in custody in Keller or if we are looking for a separate suspect that has a similar description." 

Cedric stands 30 inches tall, weighs 20 pounds and has black hair with braids. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Dallas police at 214-671-4268.

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