SAN ANTONIO (CIRCA VIA WOAI) — Police say the kidnapping of a 8-month-old boy was staged, and the father's cousin has been arrested in connection to the incident.
8-month-old King Jay Davila was last seen Friday night inside his father's car in San Antonio. Christopher Davila, 34, was charged with child endangerment after the incident.
"This is a staged event, like we said previously," said Police Chief William McManus. "This was not a kidnapping. We believe the story of the kidnapping was made up to cover up foul play involving King Jay Davila."
Police identified the person who stole the car as Christopher Davila's cousin. Police said a person dropped off the woman who took the vehicle about a block away from the gas station on an adjoining street. She was arrested and charged with an unrelated offense.
Police believe King Jay Davila was not inside the vehicle at the time of the staged kidnapping.
The car was later found near Rodriguez Park with the baby and keys missing.
Police are still looking for King Jay Davila and are asking for the public's help in the case.
"We understand the anguish and pain the mother is feeling right now," McManus said.
King Jay Davila's mother, Jasmine Gonzales, disputed McManus' account.
"Everything they're saying, that my fiance has a part of this whole kidnapping, is wrong. I was on the phone with him the entire time," Gonzales said.
McManus said the police department is doing its due diligence by searching Rodriguez Park.