Harvey said that that given the period of time that had elapsed, police were concerned that the grandfather and the boys could be far from Toronto and at one point went so far as to notify the U.S. Border Service.
WFAA reported that the family told sources that the toddler, Cedric Jackson, is dead. He is described as 30 inches tall, weighing 20 pounds, and has black hair with braids. Police say Cedric was only wearing a diaper when she last saw him. "We don't know 100 percent of what happened", Jackson said as she paused and began to cry, "but we all loved that baby". Cedric was reportedly with an aunt who had temporary custody.
The OPP says that the decision to utilize the Ontario AMBER Alert is based on established criteria, and is not taken lightly.
According to Fox 4 News, officers located the person of interest, but Cedric was not with him when police found him.
York police said that the search for the boys and their grandfather has attracted a significant amount of resources, including support from the Bureau of criminal investigation, canine and helicopter group.
Jackson's aunt, Crystal, stated she had woke up during the night and noticed that both Johnson and Jackson were missing. She said the man looked like a relative or a close family friend. "Is something bad happening to my child?' We just want everybody to put themselves in those positions".
Sunil Johal, with the University of Toronto's Mowat Centre think tank, says we can learn a few things from our southern neighbours. A press conference was planned for Thursday afternoon.