SAN ANTONIO, TX -- More than two years after investigators found the body of 8-month-old King Jay Davila inside a backpack, his father has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
According to witnesses, they heard King Jay cry on the night of January 3, 2019, and saw him in a car seat the next day.
According to court documents, King Jay's father, Christopher Davila, claimed the baby was kidnapped from a food mart parking lot after he was carjacked. Surveillance footage showed the alleged thief was actually Davila's cousin, Angie Torres.
Another witness told police they saw Davila arrive at Beatrice Sampayo's home, who is his mother. The witness told police she saw Torres look into the vehicle and have a " shocked look on her face."
When the witness attempted to look inside the vehicle, Davila prevented them from seeing the interior.
For more than a week, authorities searched for the baby's body.
After authorities discovered Torres was the one who "stole" the vehicle, she told investigators the baby was not in the car and that she had disposed of the car seat after dumping the car near Rodriguez Park.
Investigators believe Sampayo drove Torres to the food mart so she could take Davila's car and make the story seem plausible.
Surveillance footage also showed Torres and Sampayo attempting to dispose of the car seat.
Days later, Davila led police to the area where he had buried the baby at the end of a dead-end street.
Davila initially told police that he was playing video games on his bed when King Jay fell out of a car seat that was placed on top of the bed.
He admitted to police that he knew the baby had injuries, including a large bump over his right eye, but was afraid to call 9-1-1.
Hours after the incident Davila claimed he found King Jay dead.
During the course of the investigation Davila, Torres, and Sampayo were all charged in connection to the case.
On Tuesday, Davila accepted a plea deal for 40 years in prison. Davila entered a no-contest plea.