Man indicted in death of toddler found in Texas landfill

A grand jury indicted Sedrick Johnson, 27, in the death of Cedrick Jackson, the nephew of Johnson's girlfriend. (Jail photo)
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DALLAS (AP) A man has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the death of an 18-month-old whose body was found in a Dallas-area landfill in July.

A grand jury indicted Sedrick Johnson, 27, on Sept. 23 in the death of Cedrick Jackson, the nephew of Johnson's girlfriend. Johnson was also indicted on an injury to a child charge.

Johnson remained jailed Tuesday on bonds totaling more than $1 million.

His attorney had no comment.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jackson on July 10 after his aunt, Johnson's girlfriend, said he'd been abducted.

Authorities found his remains the next day.

An affidavit says Johnson claimed the boy was unresponsive after he tightly swaddled him in a blanket as punishment, and he later put the boy in a dumpster.

The aunt faces a child endangerment charge.

Johnson confessed to investigators that he had taken the toddler and placed him in a dumpster in northwest Dallas, authorities said.

When detectives located the dumpster, however, it was empty.

They determined the contents were taken to the Rowlett landfill.

The 18-month-old was last seen at around 12:30 a.m. July 10 in the 9700 block of Whitehurst Drive in Dallas, police said.

He was reported missing at around 6 a.m.

The toddler had recently been placed in the temporary custody of his aunt, who told police she put the boy to bed shortly after 11 p.m. on July 9 and discovered him missing at around 6 a.m. July 10.

Another child who lives at the same location “described someone who looked like a relative as having taken Cedric,” police said.