Month-old Elijah Phillips found safe, police say

Search for mother continues

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August 12, 2019 - 7:27 pm

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- A baby taken against a court order from a hospital just days after being born has been found safe, Austin Police said Monday night.

Three-week old Elijah Phillips was found safe and is now in the custody of Child Protective Services, police officials said. An AMBER Alert had been issued earlier Monday to help find the child.

Related: Austin Police seeking missing 3-week old taken against court order

Phillips was taken from an area hospital July 22, shortly after his mother, 30-year old Brittany Smith, gave birth to him after checking into the hospital under a false name. Phillips was to have been taken into state custody, officials said.

Police are continuing to look for Smith, described as a black female, standing 5' 2", weighing about 220 pounds with black hair, brown eyes, and a tattoo on her left arm.

The child's father, who police are also seeking, is 37-year old Carl Hayden. He's described as a black male, 5' 10", weighing 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Brandy Galbert, Smith's cousin, is now in police custody. According to the original report, Galbert is who police believe took Phillips from the hospital.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call APD's North Austin Detectives at (512) 974-5484 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.

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