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. On Tuesday, they also filed charges of second-degree criminal mistreatment and endangerment with a controlled substance.

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 and methamphetamine 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. Aguilar’s roommate told police the child has not received medical care and might have health problems, court records show.

The roommate “told officers the defendant said she knew the methamphetamine would affect J.T. and to avoid J.T. going through withdrawals, she would maintain a high level of methamphetamine use to keep J.T. high and keep him from going through withdrawals,” deputy prosecutor Angelica Williams wrote in a declaration for probable cause.

The roommate also told police Jeshua “did not seem to want to eat and did not appear to be getting the proper amount of nutrition,” the records show. In addition, the roommate said she overheard Aguilar telling someone she intended to flee and that CPS “would get her baby over her dead body.”

Aguilar has been fighting in a King County court to retain custody of a son born addicted to methadone in 2011. She said then she’d been a drug addict for 20 years.

The roommate initially told police she knew nothing about Jeshua’s birth and was arrested on suspicion of making a false statement. After being booked into the Puyallup jail, she spoke with detectives.

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).

Staff writer Stacia Glenn contributed to this report.

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