Monday, March 9, 2009
Rilya Kendrick Jackson
Height: 3'0" (91 cm)
Age Now: 5
Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
Kendrick was last seen at home on April 7, 2006. When he was last seen, he was wearing a white t-shirt and pajama shorts with pictures of baseballs and footballs on them.
A witness was going to work this morning at about 9:30 or so when she got caught up in the traffic heading southbound on Wilcrest, just across from where the missing child lives and she saw a child in his sleep pajamas with a black male.
The witness told police that the boy and the man were standing at a Metro bus stop, Number 19 Metro Line, Wilcrest Crosstown.
Police are seeking the public's help in finding the young boy and ask that they call the Juvenile or Homicide Division of HPD. Police said they received a call around 11:25 p.m. requesting a check on the child's welfare. The boy was missing from the Canfield Falls Apartments in the 1200 block of Wilcrest in west Houston.
"He must have just opened the door and gone out looking for his father and didn't know he was in the apartment. I just want him back," said the child's mother.
Houston police charged Kendrick's father, Roderick Terrell Fountain, with injury to a child and filing a false police report. He is considered a suspect in the boy's disappearance. The injury to a child charge was filed because of bruises spotted on Kendrick prior to his disappearance, officials said.
Fountain was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning but it was reset to next month. He is being held without bail.
Investigators said Fountain has told authorities several different stories since Kendrick disappeared, including accounting for his time between 2:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday.
Child Protective Services ordered that Fountain have no contact with his 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter that he has with his current wife. He has six other children as well with women who are evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. CPS officials would like those mothers to contact them because they want to check on the welfare of those children.
Houston Police Department (Texas) 1-713-731-5223