San Antonio, Texas: A 34-year-old man who initially told San Antonio authorities that his infant son was abducted has led investigators to the child’s body.
The body of eight-month-old King Jay Davila was found in a buried backpack less than a mile from his home, according to a police affidavit.
Police Chief William McManus told reporters Thursday, before the discovery of the body, that the infant’s grandmother participated in the coverup and the boy’s cousin was part of the staged kidnapping.
Both are facing charges.
Investigators believe Christopher Davila injured the child severely then concocted a story that he was in the car when it was stolen from a convenience store.
Davila is being held on charges that include injury to a child.
Jail records don’t list an attorney for Davila.
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San Antonio police say they believe an eight-month-old boy reported as abducted is believed to be dead, and three members of his family have been charged in the case.
Police Chief William McManus says the father, grandmother and cousin of King Jay Davila have been charged in the case of the missing baby. All are in custody on evidence tampering charges.
At a Thursday night news conference, McManus said Christopher Davila is believed to have injured the child severely, then told police the boy was in a car that was stolen. McManus says Beatrice Sampayo, the child’s grandmother, is suspected of disposing of the child’s car seat and dropping off Angie Torres, the child’s cousin, who was seen on surveillance video as participating in a staged kidnapping.
McManus says the search continues for the child’s body.
Davila, who denied involvement in the child’s disappearance, is charged with child endangerment.