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Relative arrested after boy with autism found dead in dumpster

Posted at 7:23 AM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 07:23:06-04

LYNNWOOD, WA (KCPQ/CNN) – Investigators say a 19-year-old family member of a young boy with autism has been booked into jail on first-degree murder charges after admitting to killing the 6-year-old.

Sheriff’s deputies in Washington state found the body of Dayvid Pakko, 6, early Tuesday morning in a dumpster, just a few feet from his family’s apartment.

The boy, who had autism, was last seen in his apartment Monday afternoon. There was an adult in the apartment at the time.

More than 40 volunteers helped search for Dayvid.

Investigators say when they found the boy’s body, they discovered evidence that he was a victim of homicide.

A 19-year-old male relative, who was visiting from Texas, admitted to drowning Dayvid in a bathtub in the family apartment, investigators say.

Probable cause documents reveal the suspect admitted to then wrapping the boy in a blanket, placing him in a cardboard box and putting him in the dumpster.

Although the suspect has been booked on murder charges, he has not been formally charged with a crime, so investigators are not identifying him at this time.

The 19-year-old’s father told WOAI his son has autism, and he and Dayvid bonded quickly. He says his son was asked to babysit the 6-year-old.

When they spoke Monday night, the suspect allegedly told his father he woke up to other relatives arriving home, but Dayvid was missing.

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