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.”
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.
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