The Missouri woman who reported Darnell Gray’s disappearance has confessed to hitting the child and knowing where his body was located before crews discovered it Tuesday, newly released court documents have revealed.
A probable cause statement alleged that Quatavia Givens, 26, told investigators that she “may have hit him wrong,” referring to Gray, 4. An autopsy stated that Gray suffered blunt and sharp force trauma prior to his death.
Reports indicate that Givens is either dating or had dated Gray’s father. KOMU reported that she described herself as a mother figure to the child.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Givens was watching Gray and reported him missing Thursday morning. Several personal items belonging to the 4-year-old were missing from his Jefferson City home.
Wednesday’s probable cause statement also indicated that Givens provided authorities with the location of Gray’s body.
Givens is charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in death. According to KQFX, Jefferson City Police Lt. David Williams said more arrests could be forthcoming.
“We now know that there was some assistance with him going missing,” he said following the announcement of Givens’ arrest. “He did not walk out that door by himself.”
[Featured Image: Quatavia Givens/Cole County Jail; Darnell Gray/Jefferson City Police Department]