SAN ANTONIO — Investigators say the exhaustive search for King Jay Davila is over after the baby's body was found wrapped in a blanket and placed inside a backpack. Officers said they were led to the remains by King Jay's father, Chistopher Davila, who claimed the child died accidentally when he fell off a bed.
During a Friday morning press conference, San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus said the child's cause of death remained under investigation. Davila remained charged with injury to a child by omission, although the charges could be upgraded depending on the outcome of the autopsy.
"This investigation is not finished," said Chief McManus.
According to an arrest affidavit that was released on Friday morning, Davila told investigators he was playing video games on his bed and caring for King Jay when the child fell out of a car seat placed on top of the bed.
Davila reportedly admitted that he knew the child was injured, noting a large bump over his right eye, but said he was too scared to call 911. The report states that Davila checked on the baby several hours later and found King Jay was dead.
According to the report, Christopher Davila said he buried the child in a backpack, under a bridge at the end of a dead-end street in his neighborhood near I-35 and Rittiman.
Chief McManus said his officers worked tirelessly to find King Jay and uncover the truth about how he died after becoming suspicious with Davila's original story that King Jay was kidnapped.
Police would eventually accuse Davila, his mother, Beatrice Sampayo, and his cousin, Angie Torres, of staging the kidnapping to cover up the child's death. Sampayo and Torres are charged with tampering with evidence.
Investigators also spoke with witnesses, including one who told investigators he last heard King Jay crying on the night of January 3.