Police: Toddler Given to Biological Mother is Listed as Endangered

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Jackson Judd was taken by his biological mother, Bresha Smith, and is listed as endangered.

PRICE – An 18-month-old, Jackson Judd, was turned over to his mother Bresha Smith last week, through the assistance of the Price Police Department, taking the child from the home of his father, Darrin Judd and stepmother April Judd.  The assist was given Smith while Darrin was away at work, and in light of no custody order from a court confirming custody to the Judds in place at that time.

Smith’s last known residence is in Sandy and the Sandy Police Department has been investigating the matter.

This morning, with a temporary order of custody now in place in favor of Darrin Judd, the Sandy Police Department listed Jackson as an Endangered Child on the National Computer Information Center database.

Lt. Craig Watson, chief of detectives for Sandy Police Department, said, “We did put the child on the endangered list, we are not going to share the reasons why, we are trying to locate the mother so we can talk with her.  At this point in time we don’t know where she is.”utah child kidnapped

Watson authenticated the flyer produced, featured photo to this story, but clarified t hat Sandy P.D. does not maintain at this time that Smith is a drug user as stated in the flier.

The NCIC listing is a national database tool for law enforcement agencies.  Stolen property, vehicles, and other things are also listed on the database.  Watson said that the listing of a child on the database as endangered means “We have a reason to believe that the child could be in a dangerous situation.”

He added, “There is a big difference between ‘could’ and ‘is.’”  This is not at the level of an Amber Alert, which, when issued, is based on more certainty that the child is in danger, for example when taken by a kidnapper.  That is not the case apparent here at this time.

Watson confirmed that no arrest warrant has been issued for Smith at this time.

April Judd said that it has been eight days and nobody has seen or heard from Smith.  She said that Smith’s family lives in Cedar City and has told them that Smith is in hiding. “If they know where she is, they are not saying,” said April Judd.

April Judd also said that they have a court date on July 18 seeking to make the temporary custody order a permanent order.

The public is urged to contact the Sandy Police Department, Detective Chris Thomas, 801-568-7200, with any information on the whereabouts of this child.

email: jkuzmanic@stgnews.com

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5 Comments

  • Jalee Scott July 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for getting this information out there. The police say “could” be in danger, but the family is more concerned. Please keep eyes open for sweet Jackson.

  • Tammy July 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    People are so ignorant…get a life and know your “FACTS” before you post ANYTHING like this…you should probably look at the father with more questions and ask why is it that he did not even want anything to do with JJ until he got married ? Really pathetic!!

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic July 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      Tammy, please refer to the Position Statement we posted on St. George News facebook thread to this story in a comment post series. It speaks to your concern, which is valid at least to the extent that there are two sides to a story, and we are addressing only the NICIC Listing of a possibly endangered child.
      We appreciate feedback.
      Genuinely,
      St. George News
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Assistant Editor

  • Kim July 17, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Tammy,
    There is a missing child here who was taken from his father and now the cowardly mother is in hiding. It is a FACT that Bresha has taken her son and is not telling her whereabouts. And you need to get YOUR facts correct…..Darrin has been involved since day one. He has ALWAYS been the major figure in Jacksons life. How dare you even question HIM??? Remind yourself of who it is that grabbed the child and took off and is NOT telling the family where they are…..only a very shady and crazy person would do that. And Darrin is the one who has the custody order in place, not Jackson’s wacky mother. You sound a little insane to call people “pathetic” for being concerned about this missing child. You too, worry me for not sounding concerned for the safety of Jackson. Maybe you know where Bresha is and so aren’t too concerned? If that’s the case, then shame on you for not calling the police. If you don’t know, then you really should be concerned and praying for a safe and speedy return. People just want Jackson found safe and sound. Period.

  • ozzieguillen July 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    i wouldn’t expect anything else from a cubs fan

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