SAN ANTONIO (AP/Meredith) — Authorities have found a body believed to be that of a missing 8-month-old boy in San Antonio, Texas, according to court records.
Police Chief William McManus said the father, grandmother and cousin of King Jay Davila have been charged in the case. All are in custody on evidence tampering charges.
The boy's father, Christopher Davilia, led police to open field where the body was found wrapped in a blanket inside of a backpack, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
Davila, 34, told police he was playing video games Jan. 3 while the child was in a car seat on a bed in his room, the affidavit states. The father claimed the car seat fell over, and the boy fell to the floor, possibly hitting his head on the way down.
Instead of seeking medical attention, Davilia apparently waited several hours and then checked on the boy and found him dead.
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.
In addition to tampering with evidence, Davila is also facing charges of injury to a child. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a $750,000 bond.