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San Antonio police believe missing 8-month-old boy is dead

mySA logo mySA 1/11/2019 By Emilie Eaton, Staff Writer
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The father of an 8-month-old boy reported missing last week and the man’s mother have been arrested in connection with the case, according to Police Chief William McManus, who publicly disclosed for the first time Thursday that they believe the boy is dead.

Christopher Davila, 34, and his mother, Beatrice Sampayo Davila, 65, both face a charge of tampering with evidence. A cousin, Angie Torres, who is already in custody on unrelated charges, was also charged with tampering with evidence.

McManus said at a news conference Thursday evening that it was King Jay’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Sampayo, who dropped off Torres at the convenience store where Davila first reported that his car, along with his baby inside, were taken. Police said Torres is the woman seen on the video who drove away with the car.

a little boy holding a baby: King Jay Davila has been missing since 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 4, 2019, from a gas station in the 300 block of Enrique Barrera Parkway, San Antonio police said.

King Jay Davila has been missing since 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 4, 2019, from a gas station in the 300 block of Enrique Barrera Parkway, San Antonio police said.

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McManus has said the baby was not in the car when Torres drove away with it.

“Angie Torrres heard from Beatrice that Christopher had severely injured King Jay,” McManus said. “Statements from multiple witnesses unfortunately lead us to believe that King Jay is dead.”

Davila told police that he had left the boy in his Dodge Dart, which was running, while he walked into a convenience store. During that time, a woman entered the car, which was unlocked, and stole the vehicle in which King Jay was strapped into his car seat in the back seat.

A couple of hours later, police found the car without King Jay or the car seat inside. Christopher Davila was charged with child endangerment shortly after the incident.

In a news conference several days later, McManus announced the arrest of the woman seen driving off in the car and said police believed the abduction was staged to cover up foul play.

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