The reported abduction of a missing 8-month-old boy in Texas was staged to cover up “foul play” by family members, according to authorities.
Christopher Davila, the father of King Jay Davila, told police in San Antonio on Friday that his car was stolen with the child inside after he left it running when he went into a store.
However, Police Chief William McManus said Monday that little King Jay was not in the vehicle when a relative drove it away. The driver, identified Tuesday by the Express-News newspaper as Angie Torres, has been arrested on unrelated charges. Torres is Christopher Davila’s cousin.
McManus criticized Christopher Davila’s lack of cooperation, saying the dad spoke with reporters for a longer period of time than he talked with police.
“This was not a car theft, this was not a kidnapping,” McManus said during a press conference. “This was a staged event.
“We believe that the story of the kidnapping was made up, made up to cover up foul play involving King Jay Davila,” he continued.
Christopher Davila has been charged with child endangerment, but has denied being connected to the boy’s disappearance.
King Jay remains missing, and cops fear that he may have been a victim of “foul play.” McManus said that anyone who has lied to investigators in connection with the search will be arrested.
“We’ve got a lot of information from talking to different family members, as the investigation has continued, but there’s one answer that we don’t have, and that is where is King Jay,”” McManus said. “That is what we are trying to find out.”