ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Authorities continued to seek clues Monday in the puzzling case of a healthy baby boy left abandoned in the interior hallway of a St. Louis County apartment building.
The child, identified by relatives as 3-month-old Donovan Prom, was found at 5 a.m. Friday at the Hickory Trace apartment complex in Breckenridge Hills. The hallway was fully enclosed so the child was shielded from the cold morning. He was in a car seat, with a blanket over him and a bottle of milk by his side. A resident of the complex found the child as he was going to work and called police.
Relatives say Donovan is the son of Ebony Jackson and her boyfriend, Craig Prom. Jackson is a native of East St. Louis, Ill. She and Prom now live in Oklahoma City.
Paternity tests are pending and Breckenridge Hills detective Jeff Heisse said the child won’t be turned over to Prom until he is confirmed as the father. For now, the boy remains in state custody.
Meanwhile, relatives fear Jackson, 30, could be the victim of foul play, though Heisse said police have not found any signs of a struggle. She left Oklahoma on Wednesday to visit relatives in the St. Louis area, but hasn’t been heard from since Thursday.
Relatives spent hours Sunday searching for clues around the apartment complex, placing “Missing” posters with Jackson’s photo on trees and walls. Her story was also posted on the website hopeforallmissing.org.
Heisse said police have “zero information” about the mother’s whereabouts.
“It’s just weird that nobody’s had any contact with her,” Heisse said. “We’re doing everything we can to locate her.”
Relatives told police that Jackson has had several surgeries on her brain and suffers from impaired memory, even jotting notes to herself so she’ll remember things. The reason for the brain surgeries wasn’t clear.
Heisse said neither Prom nor Jackson had any known connection to the apartment complex. He said there was no video surveillance there, and surveillance cameras at neighboring businesses were not pointed in that direction.
No residents at the apartment complex heard anything. Family members said police were also checking phone records to see who she called and where her phone was before she disappeared.
Authorities aren’t even sure exactly when the baby was dropped off—Heisse said it was between 10 p.m. Thursday and when the child was discovered seven hours later.
Jackson's aunt Jackie Simon told News 4 Jackson's family is very disappointed with. Jackson said up until Monday, the family believed the investigation was focused on the abandoned baby and not on Jackson's disappearance. Simon says her son spoke to police providing them with a timeline as to what Jackson was doing prior to her disappearance including who she saw and who spoke to on the phone. Jackson says the police did not follow up after receiving this information.
Linda Lawson, a family friend told News 4 she went to the Breckenridge Hills Police Department headquarters on Monday to convey the family's frustration. Lawson says there had been a communication breakdown between the family and police. Lawson said the family now believes investigators are up to speed on what is going on.
Jackson was last seen in a white 2004 Mitsubishi Galant with Colorado license plates. While the public has reported several sightings of the car, none have had Colorado plates.