A Texas woman who allegedly helped stage a fake kidnapping after the death of an 8-month-old baby was apparently jumped by three inmates at the Bexar County jail in San Antonio.
ABC reports that 45-year-old Angie Torres was in the bathroom at the jail on January 9 when three inmates physically attacked her. Authorities gave her the option upon arrest to go into protective custody, given the high profile of the case of infant, King Jay Davila, but she chose to go to general population. After the attack, she was placed in protective custody. The extent of any injuries is unknown due to HIPAA laws.
The inmates accused of attacking Torres have not been criminally charged with the incident, but remain under investigation.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, King Jay was reported missing on January 4 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, claimed he left the infant in his white Dodge Dart 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 Torres, is reportedly Davila’s cousin. She was arrested two days later on an unrelated charge when a reported altercation turned violent after she allegedly stole razors from a Dollar General store. She’s now been charged with tampering with connection in connection with the baby’s death.
San Antonio police Chief William McManus revealed that King Jay was 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, Torres, 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.”
King Jay was discovered deceased a week later after his father admitted to burying him in a open field in Northeast San Antonio, close to his last known residence. Although it’s still unclear how the baby died, Davila claimed the little boy fell off of a bed and hit his head and face during the fall.
Davila, who was already behind bars for child neglect, is now facing additional charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury – omission, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, and felony possession of a firearm.
Davila’s mother, 65-year-old Beatrice Sampayo, was also arrested in connection with King Jay’s death, charged with tampering with evidence. She was recently spat on in an unrelated incident at the Bexar County jail on January 11.
A female admitted allegedly admitted she spat on Sampayo as they passed by each other in the hallway at the jail. The other inmate spotted Sampayo walking to the jail infirmary when the incident occurred. Sampayo later filed for protective custody.
Torres remains behind bars on $300,000 bail, while Sampayo remains behind bars on $250,000 bail. Davila is in jail on a $1.25 million bail.
[Feature Photo: King Jay Davila/Handout]