Missing 3-week-old baby found; Austin PD still searching for mother

Posted at 11:55 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 20:30:55-04

AUSTIN, TX — (UPDATE: August 12, 2019, 7:23 p.m.) According to the Austin Police Department, Elijah has been found safe.

Austin PD says Brandy Gilbert, the cousin of Elijah's mother, is in custody. Police are still searching for Elijah's mother, Brittany Smith.

Elijah is currently in CPS custody.


An Amber Alert has been issued for 3-week-old Elijah Phillips. Austin police are also looking for three suspects believed to be with the baby.

Elijah has brown eyes, black hair, weighs seven pounds and is 18" long. He was born July 19, 2019.

Police are looking for Elijah's mother, Brittany Smith, 30, described as a black female with brown eyes, black hair, 5'2" tall and weighs 190 pounds. Police are also looking for Smith's cousin, Brandy Galbert, 41, who is described as a black female with black eyes, black hair, weighing 140 pounds and is 5'6" tall. The third person believed to be with Elijah is his biological father, Carl Hayden, described as a black male, 37, with black hair, brown eyes, weighing 125 pounds and is 5'10" tall.

Officials said they may be driving a 2007 gold Pontiac Torrent with TX License Plate KNN7632. The photo provided of the vehicle is a stock photo.

On Friday, Aug. 9, Austin PD first reported 3-week-old Elijah Phillips missing by court order.

Police said the mother, 30-year-old Brittany Sadi Smith, checked into a local Austin hospital under a false name and gave birth to Elijah on Friday, July 19.

She then gave permission for the baby to leave the hospital on July 22 with a woman believed to be her cousin, 41-year-old Brandy Yovonne Galbert. Elijah has not been seen since.

Child Protective Investigations have a court order to remove Elijah from the mother's custody and is trying to locate the baby.

"Detectives and CPI are concerned for the child’s safety and well-being," said officials.

Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 immediately or the North Austin Detectives at 512-974-5484 or call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.