Three Kids Found, One Missing in California Child Abuse Case
(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Three children associated with a couple and a babysitter arrested for abuse were recovered on Wednesday after a relative saw their names on the news and informed authorities she had been taking care of them, police said. A fourth child, a 16-year-old girl, remains missing.
Oakland, Calif., police had been searching for the four children, who are associated with Reana Jackson, 20, and Aaron Tillman, 27, after the couple’s 3-year-old son was taken to the hospital while in the care of his babysitter, Szakyahha Safiyyah Williams, 24, for severe injuries caused by apparent abuse.
It was unclear how the other four children, who have different last names and are between the ages of 4 and 16 years old, are related to the couple.
Zaniyyah Nyema Johnson, 7; Antwan Alexander Johnson, 6; and Paradise Ghaimah-Medinah Mahasin, 4, who reportedly suffers from epilepsy, were all found in good physical condition in Patterson, Calif., police said in a statement. They are in the custody of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.
The search for the children began on Monday after Jackson, Tillman and Williams were arrested in relation to the alleged abuse of Jackson’s unidentified 3-year-old son.
Police said Williams called on Monday and said the toddler was unresponsive and face down in a bathtub. When paramedics arrived, the boy was clothed and dried. He was taken to the hospital and revived by paramedics.
The boy’s injuries were indicative of abuse and left him in life-threatening condition, police said.
“Oakland police officers and investigators began an investigation due to the extent and nature of injuries and evidence of past physical abuse,” Oakland Police said in a statement.
Jackson, Tillman and Williams are being held at the Santa Rita Jail. Williams faces charges of inflicting injuries on a child and assault. Her bail has been set at $150,000, ABC News affiliate KGO reported.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of 16-year-old Alyajah Marie Johnson is urged to contact the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3641.
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