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

August 09, 2019 - 12:11 pm

AUSTIN ( -- Austin Police are asking for the public's help in finding a missing infant and those that took him from a local hospital.

Police say 30 year old Brittany Sadi Smith checked into a local hospital under a false name and gave birth to Elijah Phillips on Friday, July 19. Smith gave permission for the baby to leave the hospital on Monday, July 22 with a family member; police believe that family member is Smith's cousin, 41-year old Brandy Yovonne Galbert. Galbert and the infant have not been seen since.

On Wednesday, July 24, Child Protective Investigations (CPI) received a court order for Elijah to be removed from the mother's custody and placed into theirs.

Police are also searching for the father, 37-year old Carl Dennis Hayden Jr.

Police believe the missing individuals may possibly be in the Austin or Killeen areas, presumably with the baby.

Anyone with information about baby Elijah’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately; you can also call APD's North Austin Detectives at (512) 974-5484 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.

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