Newborn taken from Austin hospital has been located; police searching for parents

((Source: Austin Police Department))
Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 8:34 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) -Police say that within hours of an Amber Alert being issued for a newborn taken and not returned to an Austin hospital, he has been located.

The search for the mother, Brittany Smith, is continuing, according to police. Her cousin Brandy Galbert has been taken into custody, however. The father, Carl Dennis Hayden Jr. is also a suspect in the child’s disappearance.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the infant’s whereabouts to call 911, North Austin Detectives at (512) 974-5484 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.


After checking into a local hospital under a false name, police said Brittany Sadi Smith gave birth to Elijah on Friday, July 19. They said Brittany gave permission for the baby to leave the hospital on Monday, July 22, with a family member, believed to be the cousin, Brandy Yovonne Galbert. Elijah has not been seen since.

((Source: Texas Alerts Twitter))

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. The father, Carl Dennis Hayden Jr. is also a suspect in the child’s disappearance.

((Source: Texas Alerts Twitter))

Hayden and Smith have not been located and are possibly either in the Austin or Killeen area, police said.

((Source: Austin Police Department))

According to a tweet from Texas Alerts, the suspects may be driving a gold 2007 Pontiac Torrent with TX plate KNN7632.

((Source: Texas Alerts Twitter))

If you have any information, you are asked to call police.

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