Aunt of Deceased Toddler Cedric Jackson Charged With Child Endangerment - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Aunt of Deceased Toddler Cedric Jackson Charged With Child Endangerment

Unclear if charge related to Cedric Jackson case or another child

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    Chrystal Jackson, inset right, is charged with child endangerment. Her nephew, Cedric Jackson, left, was reported missing and later found deceased in a landfill.

    Chrystal Jackson, the aunt of the toddler whose body was pulled from a North Texas landfill last week, has been arrested and booked on a charge of child endangerment.

    Jackson had been given temporary custody of her nephew, 18-month-old Cedric Jackson, by Child Protective Services after they removed the boy from his mother's home in May.

    Cedric was reported missing July 10 and found the next day in a landfill in Rowlett.

    Chrystal's boyfriend, Sedrick Johnson, told police he'd swaddled Cedric so tightly that he stopped breathing. After attempts to do CPR failed, he said he put the boy in a car and drove him to a dumpster. Johnson, who has been charged with felony injury to a child, was booked in a Dallas County Jail last week and is being held on $500,000 bond.

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    A day after the body of an 18-month-old Dallas boy was found in a Rowlett landfill, questions remain about the events leading up to his death, including whether CPS knew there was someone living in the home with a history of child negligence.

    (Published Friday, July 12, 2019)

    CPS confirmed to NBC 5 last week that six additional children, from ages 6 to 10, have been removed from Chrystal Jackson's home. CPS said two of the children belonged to her and the other four belonged to Johnson.

    It is not clear if Chrystal's child endangerment charge is related to Cedric's case or if it's related to one of the other six children removed from the home.

    Chrystal is currently being held in the Dallas County Jail on $35,000 bond.

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    The parents of 18-month old Cedrick Jackson gathered in Dallas Friday evening along with dozens of family and friends for a vigil and balloon release. Jackson's mother, Dishundra Thomas, became emotional as she remembered her son. "I'd give anything to have my baby back with me right now to hold him one more time, tell him how much we love him, how much we miss him," she said.

    (Published Friday, July 12, 2019)