Suspect Arrested After Texas Toddler Who Disappeared from Bed in the Middle of the Night is Found Dead

Cedric Jackson Jr.
Credit: Dallas Police

A Texas toddler who vanished from bed in the middle of the night was later found dead in a landfill, and a suspect has been arrested in connection with the case.

Cedric Jackson Jr. was last seen at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night when his aunt said she put him to bed in her Dallas-area condo. She said that when she woke up seven hours later, the 18-month-old had vanished without a trace. He had last been seen wearing only a diaper.

On Thursday afternoon, police arrested Sendrick Johnson, 27, charging him with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury, Dallas police announced on Twitter. NBC reports that Johnson is the boyfriend of the boy’s aunt.

It was not immediately clear if Johnson has entered a plea or retained an attorney to comment on his behalf.

The aunt, who had recently been granted custody of Cedric by Child Protective Services, called police on Wednesday morning to report the toddler was missing. Authorities issued a statewide AMBER Alert and began investigating the disappearance as a possible abduction.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Steve Helling