While the parents of a baby boy reportedly abducted from a San Antonio gas station on Friday claim authorities are not doing enough to find their son, police said on Monday that the kidnapping was a hoax, set up in an attempt to cover up foul play.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jasmine Gonzales’ son, King Jay Davila, disappeared Friday night from the city’s West Side after a woman reportedly stole a car at a Friends gas station off of the 300 block of Enrique Barrera Parkway. The baby’s father, Christopher Davila, left the infant in his white Dodge Dart, which he left running with driver’s side door unlocked as he walked inside the store. When he walked out of the store, the car was gone.
Police later found the vehicle abandoned close to Rodriguez Park, with the baby and his car seat missing. Davila was subsequently arrested for child endangerment.
On Monday, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explained during a press conference that not only was the baby never inside the car, but the woman who took the car is actually Davila’s cousin, Angie Torres, 45. Davila was arrested on an unrelated robbery charge after the alleged abduction occurred.
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“We understand the anguish and pain the mother is feeling right now,” McManus said in response. “But, I think the information we put out today refutes all of the allegations made against the San Antonio police department….This was not a kidnapping. We believe the story of the kidnapping was made up to cover up foul play involving King Jay Davila.”
McManus said someone dropped Torres off at an adjoining street near the gas station and while Davila was in the store, she took his car and ditched it at a nearby park, as part of a plan concocted with Davila. McManus stated they know who dropped Torres off, but he declined to provide the person’s name.
Surveillance footage at the gas station showed a woman wearing a light hoodie and tan pants walking up to the car and taking it, but McManus pointed out that the woman looked as if she knew exactly what she was doing and had “no hesitation.”
“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. She knows where she going and what she’s doing.”
Gonzales claimed there was no way her fiance, Davila, had anything to do with a staged kidnapping since she was “on the phone with him the entire time.”
According to court records, Gonzales is married to another man, although a divorce has been pending for six months. It was filed by Gonzales. Her husband denied he was the father of King, according to an affidavit obtained by NBC4. Davila signed the affidavit, confirming he was the baby’s father.
In the meantime, police are still searching for the baby boy. Authorities searched a body of water near Rodriquez park earlier this week but didn’t find anything.
Anyone with any information should contact 911 immediately.
[Feature Photo: King James Davila/Handout]