Child dead, father arrested

Manhunt leads to deceased newborn

Jordan T. Sorensen.

Jordan T. Sorensen.

PORT TOWNSEND — A newborn boy was found dead in Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park when his father led police to the body following an extensive manhunt by Port Townsend police, who were hoping to find the child alive.

Jordan T. Sorensen, 37, was taken into custody after a massive search that began Friday afternoon and ended just before noon Saturday, according to the Port Townsend Police Department (PTPD), which wanted him for questioning related to kidnapping, criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment.

Little more was known Sunday.

The circumstances that led to Sorensen having the baby and details such as the infant’s name, will not be available until the investigation into the death is complete, said Sgt. Kamal Sharif of the PTPD.

On Sunday, Sorensen was listed as being in custody in the Jefferson County Jail but only for investigation of a third-degree theft allegedly committed in May 2022. Potential charges from the weekend’s events were not listed as of Sunday afternoon.

Officers had been notified Friday that the baby, who was less than a month old, was missing and endangered and believed to be with Sorensen.

The infant, whose name was not available on Sunday, was thought to be in danger because of the fear that Sorensen was unable to provide the basic necessities of life to the child. The Jefferson County Superior Court issued a pickup order, enabling law enforcement to take custody of the infant, if it were found.

Sorensen evaded police initially, but eventually, after police received a tip, he was taken into custody. The baby was not with him.

Sorensen was uncooperative at first, Sharif said, but eventually he led police to the baby’s body in the park.

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