San Antonio, Texas: 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.
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Police Chief William McManus declined to elaborate Monday on whether he believes King Jay Davila is alive. He would only say that investigators “believe there was foul play.”
The baby’s father, Christopher Davila, told police Friday that his son was in his car when the vehicle was stolen. Investigators say Davila reported he’d left the vehicle running and unlocked when he went into a convenience store.
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McManus says the still-missing child wasn’t in the car at the time and that a woman seen driving the car away was Davila’s cousin. She’s been arrested on unrelated charges.
Christopher Davila is charged with child endangerment. He denies being involved in the boy’s disappearance.