Detectives and police volunteers began searching a landfill in Corona early Monday for the body of 6-month-old Jacsun Manson, who has been missing since late January.
Culver City Police Lt. Troy Dunlap said detectives filed murder warrants Monday against the boy’s parents in connection with the infant’s suspected death.
The parents, identified by police as Adam Manson, 34, and Kiana Williams, 32, were arrested Jan. 3 on suspicion of vehicle theft. Jacsun was not with them at the time. Both remain in custody, Dunlap said.
Police began looking for Jacsun on Jan. 25 after he was reported missing by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The last time Jacsun was seen alive was on Dec. 31 with his parents. The family had been living at Upward Bound House, a family shelter for homeless and struggling families in Culver City, authorities said.
Dunlap said police now suspect the boy is dead, although he declined to elaborate on how authorities came to that conclusion.
Authorities say Jacsun’s parents discarded his body in a dumpster near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall in Los Angeles. That trash container is emptied in El Sobrante Landfill in Corona. Police have been searching the location for hours, Dunlap said.
As of 6 p.m., authorities said they had not found the boy.
It is not clear how authorities linked the boy’s parents to his disappearance.
Williams pleaded no contest to one count of vehicle theft in connection with her January arrest and was sentenced to probation and 45 days in jail, according to Los Angeles County court records.
Manson pleaded no contest to tampering with a vehicle, vehicle theft and driving on a suspended license. He was sentenced to probation and was released from custody Jan. 8. But he was arrested again in early February and is being held without bail, according to jail and court records.
Times staff writer Alene Tchekmedyian contributed to this report.