The caregiver who was reportedly the last person to see Missouri boy Darnell Gray alive has been arrested in connection with his death.
Jefferson City police announced Wednesday morning that they’ve charged Quatavia Givens, 26, with first-degree child abuse resulting in death. The announcement comes nearly a day after authorities said they found the missing 4-year-old’s body in an area of Jefferson County which had gone unexplored for six days, according to the Jefferson City News Tribune.
The newspaper reported that Givens—who is dating the slain child’s father—reported Gray missing last Thursday morning. Reports indicated that his coat, backpack, two juice boxes, and some cookies were also missing from the home.
“Foul play was never suspected until we found Darnell, and now it is an investigation into his death,” Lieutenant David Williams said following the discovery of Gray’s body on Tuesday.
More than 100 first-responders combed wooded areas in Jefferson City as part of their search for Gray. At one point, a local pond was drained so divers could look for the missing. Missourinet reported that it was a searcher who discovered Gray’s body.
Authorities haven’t revealed the condition the body was found in. However, Williams said a medical examiner will determine the 4-year-old’s cause of death.
[Featured Image: Quatavia Givens/Cole County Jail; Darnell Gray/Jefferson City Police Department]