Infant believed to be 'Missing Baby Girl Jackson' safe after being dropped off at church
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Investigators say a baby girl who was left at a North Las Vegas church Wednesday night is the missing “Baby Girl Jackson.”
The baby was dropped off at Portals to Glory Church of God in Christ near Comstock Drive and Balzar Avenue.
Investigators learned the child was dropped off by two unidentified adults before they left without speaking with law enforcement.
She was evaluated by a doctor and said to be in good health. The infant is currently in protective custody.
Elder Kelvin Ray said he was sitting in the church cafeteria when someone told him there was a man outside waiting to talk to him.
“This individual shared with me, had I seen the baby on the news? And I told him, yeah, and he said, well I have the baby,” said Ray.
There, inside of the man’s car, was a newborn baby girl. She was small and wrapped in a white blanket.
“I was shocked. I was shocked. But when we did receive the baby, the baby was in good health, smiling, crying. It was an experience that was overwhelming,” explained Ray. “I didn't think nothing like this could happen so close to home.”
There are few clues as to who left her at the church.
Steve Auld with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office told News 3 the infant is the missing 4-month-old girl who has been the focus of a massive search that spanned three states, including Nevada.
Mother Dorothy Williams said she heard about the baby Thursday morning when she came to the church for prayer.
“We all just started praising God when we heard,” said Williams.
Williams said it was perfect timing. It happened to be “youth night” at the church and was busy inside.
“You couldn't have brought the baby to a better church,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, the parents of missing “Baby Girl Jackson” – identified as 37-year-old Nicholios Nealy and 33-year-old Octavia Jackson – are jailed in Kingman, Ariz. Auld says the couple has been uncooperative with the investigation.
As North Las Vegas Police Department detectives continue searching for the man who left the baby at the church, Ray said he will keep praying for the little girl he held in his arms.
“The Pastor has always said our church needs to be a beacon for people in need so when that need came last night, we met that need,” said Ray. “It’s something I'll never forget. I'll never forget this.”
Anyone with information on the baby girl who was dropped off at the church is urged to contact the NLVPD at 702 633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.