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Infant left at Nevada church might be 'Baby Girl Jackson'

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Octavia Jackson (left) and Nicholios Nealy. (Source: LVMPD) Octavia Jackson (left) and Nicholios Nealy. (Source: LVMPD)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5/AP) -

An infant left at a North Las Vegas church might be the missing "Baby Girl Jackson" who authorities have been looking for in three different states for months.

North Las Vegas Police Officer Aaron Patty said an infant was left Wednesday at the Portals to Glory Pentecostal church. Investigators from Arizona have been looking for "Baby Girl Jackson" since she was born in Feb. Two people believed to be her parents are jailed in Arizona for failing to cooperate with agencies working to find the girl.

The girl's first name is unknown.

Kelvin Ray, an elder at the church, said an anonymous man approached him and asked if he had heard the story of the little girl on the news. Then the man said "Baby Girl Jackson" was in his possession. Ray agreed to take the baby in.

"To have this baby that the nation is looking for to be in my arms, it was remarkable," Ray said. "She had been fed. She had clothing. Nice clothing, nice car seat and everything, so they took care of her well."

Ray said the man seemed very calm, not sketchy or nervous. The mystery man and another woman he was with retrieved the baby from across the street. The police are asking for help finding the couple.

"(The police) asked the same questions you're asking, and I gave them the same answers!"

Ray said the man was black, possibly in his early thirties, and was wearing a black t-shirt with polka dots. The shirt may have had some sort of writing on the front. He said he didn't pay close attention to the woman he was with because at that point he was focusing on the infant.

If a child is in need of protection, adults are encouraged to anonymously drop children off at a police station, fire station or church without any fear of repercussions. The buildings are considered "safe havens," but not a get out of jail free card if a crime was committed in the past.

"They always tell us in the congregation to make sure we leave the light on as a beacon to the community," Ray said. "It was a blessing."

The child was evaluated by a doctor and is said to be in good health, police said. She is in protective custody.

Octavia Jackson is believed to be the mother. Her lawyer said she is willing to provide a blood draw for authorities to attempt to establish positive identification.

Patty said whoever dropped the baby off should call North Las Vegas police at 702-633-9111, or to continue remaining anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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