New details continue to emerge in the case of a missing 8-month-old Texas boy, who was allegedly taken from a San Antonio gas station Friday during a reported car theft.
According to San Antonio police, the kidnapping of infant King Jay Davila was staged, likely because of foul play. As CrimeOnline previously reported, King Jay 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 the 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.
The woman accused of taking the car, identified as 45-year-old Angie Torres, is reportedly Davila’s cousin. She was arrested two days later when a reported altercation turned violent after she allegedly stole razors from a Dollar General store.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus revealed Monday that the baby was probably never in the car and that Torres likely took the car to make it appear as if the infant had been abducted. 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.”
Police found the car abandoned a little over three miles from the gas station, close to Rodriquez Park. Another security camera caught the woman walking with an infant car seat.
“Ask yourself why someone would concoct such a story,” McManus said when local reporters questioned whether he thought the baby was still alive. “We believe there was foul play. That’s all I’ll say on that.”
Meanwhile, authorities carried out a search warrant at a home in Northeast San Antonio on Tuesday, the last known address of Davila. Cadaver dogs also scoured the area but it’s unclear if anything turned up.
So far, Davila and Torres are the only two people named as suspects in the case, although authorities indicated that other family members are likely withholding information.
The baby’s mother, Jasmine Gonzales, apparently disputed police claims that her fiance, Davila, had anything to do with her son’s disappearance, claiming Davila loves the boy and would not harm him.
Instead, both Davila and Gonzales reportedly said police aren’t doing all they can to find King Jay and continue to focus on the wrong people.
“(Police) are the ones trying to push the issue, trying to get somebody to accuse somebody, to get that blame for (King’s disappearance),” Gonzales said, according to ABC. “Instead of trying to get someone into prison, they need to worry about finding my son. That is what they need to do.”
Gonzales told the station that police wanted her to work “against the family,” but when she “wouldn’t budge,” they turned on her.
“That wasn’t going to happen because he did nothing wrong. Then, when they saw I wasn’t budging on their accusation of him, they started questioning me as if I did something to my baby and had him cover it up.”
On Tuesday, authorities located Savannah Ozuna, a possible witness who may have information regarding the baby’s disappearance. It’s still unclear if she provided any information to assist police in their search.
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: King James Davila/Handout]