Where is 'baby girl Jackson?' Search continues in Nevada, California and Arizona
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Law enforcement authorities in three states are seeking the public's help as they search for a missing 4-month-old girl born at University Medical Center in February.
Parents, Nicholios Nealy, 37, and Octavia Jackson, 33, have been arrested and are being held in Kingman, Ariz., as police search for "baby girl Jackson."
They say they are married and are parents to girls that are 12 and 13 and an 8-year-old boy.
The parents have refused to cooperate with agencies working to find the 4-month-old girl, whose real name is unknown.
Investigators say the couple is married and the parents to girls that are 12 and 13 and an 8-year-old boy.
The parents have refused to cooperate with agencies working to find the girl, whose real name is unknown.
The couple recently lived in Fort Mohave, Arizona. Ron Contreras and Cindy Lohman lived across the street from the family.
"It’s very disturbing,” said Ron Contreras.
"It just sickens me,” said Cindy Lohman.
Steve Auld is the lead investigator with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office.
"We have some leads, but nothing all that strong," Steve Auld told News 3. "Metro is working on some Las Vegas information.”
Officials from the Arizona Department of Child Services officials began a child abuse investigation 14 months ago and have been joined by officials in Nevada and California.
"I know they were very strict with their children. They wouldn’t let them out of the house or they would very seldom let them out of the house,” explained Contreras.
In April 2016, Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss ordered the three children be placed under the care of the state. He said during custody and placement hearings for the kids, it was learned that Jackson had given birth to another daughter at UMC on Feb. 10.
According to Auld, Jackson denied being a new mother during a court hearing on May 24th.
"She refused to acknowledge there even was a baby and out of concern for the baby, the judge tried to insist upon her answering the questions and she refused so she was put in jail for contempt of court,” explained Auld.
Nealy was jailed Wednesday on a custodial interference charge for failing to turn the infant over to the Department of Child Services.
On Monday News 3, spoke exclusively to both parents individually from their jail in Kingman, Arizona.
Jackson was defiant and vague when asked about her missing baby. "And when was the last time you saw the baby?” asked Kelsey. “Oh, the 19th,” she responded. Kelsey: “And so he was the last one to see the baby?” Jackson: “That's right!"
The baby’s father would not even acknowledge the infant and only wanted to discuss his alleged rights violations.
“I asked him for an evidential hearing. He refused to give me an evidential hearing,” said Nicholas Nealy.
Authorities in Mohave County say if someone is holding the baby, and not cooperating with authorities, they will face kidnapping charges.
"He had the baby at the time and he refused to give it up. A warrant was issued for him and he turned himself in but didn’t bring the baby,” noted Auld.
Auld said the couple previously lived in the San Diego area before moving to Las Vegas.
More recently, they were living in Fort Mohave. He said authorities are investigating the couple’s ties to the Laughlin area and their involvement with a Black Hebrew Israelites Church in Las Vegas.
Auld urged anyone with knowledge of the infant's whereabouts to drop her off at any fire station. Auld says if someone has the baby and refuses to give her up, that person will face kidnapping charges.
Neighbors and investigators hope this case doesn’t end in tragedy.
“I’m hoping they find the baby. I hope they find the baby. Period,” explained Ron Contreras.
"I don’t even know what to think. I don’t want to think the worst. I keep telling myself to think someone has the baby,” said Cindy Lohman.