DALLAS – An arrest has been made in connection to the death of 18-month-old Cedrick “C.J.” Jackson whose body was discovered in a landfill on Thursday afternoon.
27-year-old Sedrick Deshun Johnson, the boy’s aunt’s boyfriend, was arrested on Thursday morning after he allegedly confessed that he was at the apartment and moved the boy’s body to a dumpster in Northeast Dallas which had already been emptied twice.
Johnson told police that the child “made a mess” with some ketchup packets which resulted in him tightly swaddling Jackson to restrict his movement before placing him on the floor, according to an arrest affidavit.
Police reported that on July 10, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Johnson unwrapped the child and he started to throw up, later becoming unresponsive.
Before Jackson disposed of the boy’s body in a dumpster at a different location, he told police that he tried to perform CPR on him for 30-45 minutes.
A juvenile witness stated to police that Johnson would wrap the 18-month-old too tightly, causing him to cry, adding that he heard Jackson crying that night before suddenly stopping.
As Jackson’s aunt, Crystal, who was granted custody of the child by CPS, woke up during the night, she noticed both Johnson and Jackson were missing and called him to ask where he was, according to police.
Police believe that by compressing his airway and failing to seek medical attention, Johnson caused serious bodily injury to Jackson.
As shown on Johnson’s arrest record, along with other prior arrests, he had previously been arrested for prostitution in 2010 and reportedly left his 4-month-old alone at his apartment, leaving her on the bed while he went to the store for cigars.
Johnson was charged with Injury To A Child, Serious Bodily Injury in connection to Cedrick’s death after the toddler’s body was discovered in a landfill on July 11 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
The medical examiner is currently looking to determine how and when the child died.
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