An 8-month-old boy in Texas was still missing as of the latest reports available following an apparent kidnapping last week at a San Antonio convenience store.
According to San Antonio Express News, King Jay Davila’s father has since been arrested and accused of involvement in the abduction on Friday night.
The incident occurred at around 7 p.m. at the Friends Food Mart. The young victim was allegedly inside a running Dodge Dart parked with its doors open. Police say the vehicle was found a short time later, but King was not inside.
“Detectives have been working around the clock since this happened last night and they continue to work as we speak,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus in a news conference on Saturday.
Federal investigators have since joined the case and 34-year-old Christopher Davila was taken into custody on suspicion of child endangerment. Police say the father left the car only seconds before a woman came up and grabbed the child.
“As you can see from her walking up, there is no hesitation, no looking around, no wondering if she’s going to get in this car or not,” McManus said. “She knows where she’s going and what she’s doing.”
Detectives allege that Christopher Davila was complicit in his child’s kidnapping, suggesting that he helped stage the crime with the woman seen grabbing baby King.
Furthermore, McManus said that the “family is not cooperating” with investigators attempting to locate the missing child.
“We continue to hope that the father will start to be cooperative and the family members will help us in this,” the chief said. “But right now, they’re uncooperative, much to our dismay.”
The missing child’s parents, however, dispute that characterization.
In interviews with KSAT, Christopher Davila and his fiancee, Jasmine Gonzales said they have cooperated with police.
“Since day one the police have been doing the same thing and they are not getting anywhere,” the father said from behind bars. “Their focus is somewhere else. They just need to focus on where the car was located.”
As of this writing, police had not identified a suspect in the kidnapping, but have described the woman seen in the surveillance footage as a Hispanic woman in her 20s or 30s. She appeared to be wearing a gray hoodie and brown pants in images circulated by law enforcement.
King Davila was last known to be wearing a blue one-piece garment. Police say he has a scratch over his left eye.
“We’re asking anyone, if they know where that child is or if they have that child to call 911 and turn that baby back in to the mother,” McManus said shortly after the abduction. “If you don’t do that, then you may very well implicate yourself into this kidnapping.”
[Featured image: King Davila/handout, Christopher Davila/Bexar County Sheriff’s Office]