KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona couple has been charged as authorities seek a missing 4-month-old girl born to the woman in Nevada, officials said Monday.
Authorities in Arizona, California and Nevada are involved in the investigation and there are several leads, including the couple’s membership in a Las Vegas church, Mohave County attorney’s investigator Steve Auld said.
“We’re quite concerned,” Auld said. “If anybody has that baby and knows we’re looking for her, they’re guilty of kidnapping as far as Mohave County is concerned.”
The investigation began after Arizona authorities learned during custody proceedings involving several older children that 33-year-old Octivia Jackson had given birth to a girl at a Las Vegas hospital in February but later didn’t have the child. Auld said.
June 1 indictments charge Jackson and 37-year-old Nicholios Nealy of Fort Mohave with custodial interference and Jackson with perjury and unsworn falsification.
Both remained in jail and an attorney for Nealy didn’t immediately return a call for comment on the allegations. It’s not known whether Jackson has an attorney who could comment on her behalf.
Auld said Jackson initially denied giving birth earlier this year but later acknowledged she had but withheld additional information.
A judge ordered Jackson jailed for contempt of court in May for refusing to provide the baby’s whereabouts, Auld said.
Spokesman Darren Daronco of the Arizona Department of Child Services said he didn’t immediately have any information to provide.