Search warrant: SAPD sought 'tool capable of causing trauma' in King Jay death case

SAPD believes infant died same day as staged kidnapping

By Dillon Collier - Investigative Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A search warrant obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders on Monday lays out specifically what San Antonio police investigators looked for last month inside a home connected to the death of 8-month-old King Jay Davila.

The warrant, signed by a Bexar County magistrate judge on Jan. 8, allowed detectives to search a home in the 5800 block of Castle Brook Drive for bodily fluid, a tool capable of causing trauma to the human body, trace evidence, as well as evidence that would help them identify possible suspects in the case.

The warrant also confirmed that investigators believe King Jay died Jan. 4, the same day his family was accused of staging his kidnapping from a West Side gas station.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed last week that King Jay's death was ruled a homicide caused by blunt force injuries.

His father, Christopher Davila, led investigators to King Jay's body buried in a backpack in a field less than a mile from the Castle Brook address on Jan. 10.

Davila remains in jail on charges of child endangerment, tampering with evidence and injury to a child causing serious bodily injury by omission.

King Jay's grandmother, Beatrice Sampayo, was released from jail Sunday, less than two days after a judge reduced her bond on a felony tampering with evidence charge.

Davila claimed King Jay landed face-first on the floor after falling off the bed while in a car seat.

A witness, identified in the warrant as King Jay's brother, told investigators that he overheard Davila say, "It's dead," after the infant fell.

A second witness, a minor whose connection to King Jay is not stated in the warrant, told investigators that Davila at one point told Sampayo on the phone that King Jay was "in a coma."

A source familiar with the investigation said the search at the Castle Brook address was one of at least three associated with the ongoing investigation.

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