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Indictments issued in death of San Antonio baby for Christopher Davila, his cousin and mother

April 3, 2019

A Bexar County grand jury has indicted three people in connection with the death of King Jay Davila, an 8-month San Antonio boy whose body was found in a backpack in a field in January.

Christopher Davila, 34, was indicted on a charge of injury to a child causing severe bodily injury, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Davila, his cousin, Angie Torres, and his mother, Beatrice Sampayo, also are all charged with tampering with evidence for their role in cover-up of the death with a fake kidnapping four months ago.

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The indictment alleges Davila “had assumed care, custody and control of the child when he struck the baby with an unknown object, struck the baby against an unknown object, or by an unknown manner, and that Davila failed to seek medical treatment for the baby,” according to the statement.

Bexar County medical examiners in February ruled that King Jay died from a blunt force trauma injury and ruled his death a homicide.

Christopher Davila’s mother, Beatrice Sampayo, 64, and his cousin, Angie Torres, 45, were arrested earlier and charged with tampering with evidence for their roles in trying to cover up the death, police said. Sampayo has been out on bond, while Torres remains in jail on a $250,000 bond, online records show.

Christopher Davila was engaged to Jasmine Gonzales, the child’s mother.

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Reports indicate he called police to say his car had been stolen from a convenience store in the 300 block of Enrique Barrera on the Far West Side, telling authorities he left the car running with the child inside while he went into the store.

Meanwhile, investigators said, Davila’s cousin, later identified as Torres, was dropped off at a nearby street at the same time Davila arrived at the gas station. Video surveillance showed the woman enter the car and drive off.

Investigators said Torres drove the car to an intersection near Rodriguez Park, where she walked away with a car seat, leaving the vehicle behind.

A week later, after a public outcry and extensive search efforts, the child’s body was found inside a backpack that was left in a Northwest Side field.

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Davila initially was charged with injury to a child, child endangerment, tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He remains in the Bexar County jail, his bail set at $1.5 million.

In a letter sent to the Express-News in mid-February, Davila defended himself, stating he left the child unsupervised in an unbuckled car seat on the edge of a bed while he smoked marijuana in his garage for back pain. He stated his son died accidentally after Davila lay back on the bed and the child fell from it.

Earlier this week, Martin Gonzales III, a San Antonio man who is serving a four-year prison term at a Northeast Texas prison, said he believes he is the child’s father and was shocked to learn that the boy’s mother — Gonzales’ estranged wife, Jasmine Gonzales, 24, — sought to divorce him and declare Davila, her fiance, as the boy’s father.

If convicted, Davila faces up to life in prison.

Elizabeth Zavala covers county and state courts in San Antonio. Read her on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | ezavala@express-news.net | Twitter: @elizabeth2863