A missing child alert issued for Puyallup, Washington, newborn Jeshua Taylor has been canceled after a month. The Puyallup police tweeted on Tuesday that Jeshua Taylor had been found and his mother, Myra Aguilar, was in custody for abduction charges.
Missing baby Jeshua has been recovered! Baby headed to hospital for a check & mother in custody for felony charges. More details in AM.— Puyallup Police (@PuyallupPD) September 23, 2015
Jeshua Taylor’s case was no ordinary abduction by a parent. Extrordinary circumstances are what led police to issue a warrant for custodial interference days after his birth. His mother gave birth to him alone at home because there was an order for him to be taken into protective custody after his birth. Aguilar had previously stated that the state would take Taylor “over her dead body.”
An anonymous tipster said that Jeshua was blue and not crying after being born. His mother reportedly used meth both during the pregnancy and after, while still breast-feeding Jeshua. Her roommate said that she knew that Taylor would be born addicted to meth as a result of her drug use and she was planning to keep his meth levels up so he wouldn’t experience the symptoms of withdrawal. A previous child born to Aguilar in 2011 was also born addicted to meth and was taken into state custody as a result. She stated at the time she had been using meth and heroin for 20 years. At the time of Jeshua’s birth she was also fighting the state for the return of that child.
Incredibly, that wasn’t the only strike against little Jeshua Taylor at birth. His father, Levi Taylor, who was believed to be traveling with Aguilar and his son, was also wanted for failing to register as a sex offender, assault, and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Aguilar was taken into custody in Cle Elum, Washington, after being stopped by police. The driver of the car they were found in, Aguilar’s mother, has not been charged with a crime. Jeshua Taylor was taken to a hospital to be checked out. Police said they had been camping in remote areas of the state for the month but did not specify where that was.
In addition to being charged with custodial interference, Aguilar has also been charged with second-degree criminal mistreatment, and endangerment with a controlled substance. She was expected to be arraigned on Thursday.
Taylor was not found with Aguilar and Jeshua and is still believed to be at large.
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