SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A baby’s body believed to be that of 8-month-old King Jay Davila has been found, but San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says the investigation is far from over.
“The investigation won’t be finished until we can answer how exactly King Jay died, who knew it and when they knew it,” said McManus in a news conference that aired live on KTSA Friday.
McManus told reporters that the baby’s father, Christopher Davila, led officers to the body after he was charged with tampering with evidence.
“We found what we believe to be the remains of King Jay Davila. We recovered his body last night,” said McManus. The body was found in a backpack that was buried in a field near Castle Lance in the city’s Northeast Side, not far from Christopher Davila’s last known residence.
An arrest affidavit indicates Davila told police he was playing video games last week while King Jay was in a car seat on a bed. He says the car seat fell and the baby may have hit his head on a dresser before he fell on the floor.
“Christopher has said that his son’s death was an accident. He panicked and did not call 9-1-1,” said the police chief.
Davila is charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission, in addition tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm and possession of drugs. Bond is set at $1.25 million. Christopher Davila’s mother and cousin are charged with tampering with evidence.
“I think when you have any kind of child case involving harm to a child, it captures all of San Antonio’s hearts, and it shocks the conscience to think that someone could do this to an 8-month-old, let alone their own child,” said McManus.
An autopsy is pending in the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office.
SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The body of a baby believed to be that of 8-month-old King Jay Davila has been found. The baby’s father, Christopher Davila, reportedly took investigators to a field on Castle Lance where a backpack was found buried with a baby’s body inside.
Chriostpher Davila is now facing several charges, including injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission and tampering with evidence. Christopher’s mother and a cousin also are charged with tampering with evidence.