Texas Man Charged with Kidnapping After 4-Year-Old Boy Found Dead
A Texas man is in custody after he allegedly kidnapped a young boy from his crib inside a Dallas home. The boy was found dead a short time later of apparent stab wounds. His death is being treated as a homicide.
The 18-year-old Texas man was caught on home surveillance video lifting the young boy from his crib around 5 a.m. the morning of May 15th. The boy had been staying at the home of his father’s girlfriend along with his twin brother at the time of the incident. The boy’s twin brother was not involved and has been reunited with his mother and family.
The boy’s biological mother did not know their father had left them at the home of his girlfriend. The father hasn’t been seen since March, and police are currently searching for him.
The father’s girlfriend notified police that the boy was missing around 11 a.m. She was able to identify the alleged kidnapper from the video footage.
At approximately 2 p.m. the same day, a jogger found the body of a young boy that matched the missing boy’s description not far from the home from which he was taken and a few blocks from the home of the alleged kidnapper. A Dallas police detective confirmed that the body was the boy who had been kidnapped.
A search warrant affidavit from Dallas Police said that a piece of tissue paper with drops of blood on it was found at the home where the boy was staying. The affidavit also noted how the father’s girlfriend was acquainted with the man who took the boy, but the relationship between them was not clear, nor was the reason for him allegedly kidnapping the boy.
The suspect was arrested at his home shortly after he was identified from surveillance footage. He has been charged with kidnapping and burglary with bail set at $1.5 million. Police anticipate additional charges after a forensic analysis is completed.
Another 18-year-old who identified himself as the young boy’s older brother spoke to reporters about the tragedy. He said his mother can’t stop crying.
“I’m already cried out,” he said.
He also told reporters that he knew the alleged kidnapper and that they had been friends in middle school and high school.
A woman at the alleged kidnapper’s home who identified herself as his mother said there was no way her son could have committed the crime as he was home all weekend.
“That’s not right at all,” she said. “I know my son is traumatized. I know he’s scared, because I’m scared.”
A memorial balloon launch was held for the young boy on May 23rd at Park in the Woods near Mountain Creek Parkway.
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