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Mother of missing Puyallup baby charged with felony

Authorities believe Jeshua Taylor’s mother has gone into hiding to avoid turning him over to Child Protective Services.
Authorities believe Jeshua Taylor’s mother has gone into hiding to avoid turning him over to Child Protective Services. Courtesy

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Puyallup woman who is believed to have absconded with her infant son to avoid turning the child over to state authorities.

Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Myra Aguilar, 31, with custodial interference, a felony.

They allege in charging documents that Aguilar has gone into hiding to avoid a court order that authorizes Child Protective Services to take custody of her newborn son, Jeshua Taylor.

Aguilar is a suspected heroin user and was fighting the state to retain custody of another of her children when she became pregnant with Jeshua, court records show. She refused to tell the state Department of Social and Health Services her due date, the records state.

Jeshua was born Aug. 9 at a home in Puyallup. A confidential informant told police the child has not received medical care and might have health problems, court records show.

The informant told police Jeshua “did not seem to want to eat and did not appear to be getting the proper amount of nutrition,” deputy prosecutor Angelica Williams wrote in a declaration for probable cause.

The informant also said she overheard Aguilar telling someone she intended to flee and that CPS “would get her baby over her dead body,” the records show.

Puyallup police, the Washington State Patrol and the FBI have been searching for Aguilar and her son since at least Friday.

There was information that Aguilar might have fled to the Okanogan County town of Oroville, but sheriff’s deputies there have been unable to find her or the baby, court records show.

Authorities also are investigating tips that Aguilar might have taken the boy into the woods near Maple Valley to hide.

Authorities believe Aguilar might be traveling with the baby’s presumed father, Levi Taylor.

Taylor is 35 and is being sought on unrelated warrants charging him with third-degree assault, communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and for failing to register as a sex offender.

Aguilar is Hispanic, 5 feet 3, 120 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Taylor is described as American Indian, 5 feet 10, 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to Jeshua’s whereabouts. Tipsters should call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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