Austin, Texas newborn found after disappearing from the hospital, authorities still searching for the boy’s parents
The newborn taken from an Austin, Texas hospital has been found safe but authorities are still searching for his mother and father, both suspects in the infant’s disappearance.
The Austin Police Department tweeted Monday night that baby Elijah “has been located safe” and is now with Child Protective Services.
On July 24, Child Protective Investigations (CPI) got a court order for temporary custody of Elijah Phillips, who had last been seen on July 22, according to Friday’s news conference held by APD Detective John Hitzelberg.
CPI was aware of Elijah’s mother, 30-year-old Brittany Sadi Smith, due to “prior cases with previous kids,” according to Hitzelberg.
“There is concern for neglect and child abuse,” he told reporters, not mentioning how many other children Smith has.
Smith gave a false name when she checked into the hospital to give birth to Elijah on July 19, according to a police news release Friday. She then gave permission for him to leave the hospital July 22 with her cousin, 41-year-old Brandy Yovonne Galbert, who Smith told the hospital was her sister.
On Friday, Hitzelberg said that authorities “believe the family is actively trying to hide the child ... at this point, we’re concerned about the child’s welfare.”
Elijah’s father, 37-year-old Carl Dennis Hayden Jr., is also a suspect in the newborn’s disappearance, WAFB9 reports.
Galbert, now in custody, is expected to be charged with child custody interference, the Austin Police Department told the Daily News.