There have been new developments in the investigation into the death of a 6-year-old-boy whose body was found in a Seattle area dumpster Tuesday. The child, Dayvid Pakko, was reported missing just a day earlier.
Police are now saying that Pakko was drowned in a bathtub by his 19-year-old relative, according to the Seattle Times. The name of the male relative has not been released to the public. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s office did confirm that he has been arrested.
“There is evidence that the boy was a victim of homicide,” a spokesperson from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office told the Seattle Times.
According to KIRO-7, the relative admitted to drowning the child in a bathtub, putting him in a cardboard box, and putting that box in a dumpster.
The suspect allegedly filled a bathtub with water with the intention of drowning Pakko. Then, he lured the boy to the bathroom, before picking him up and placing him face down in the water. The family member allegedly held Pakko’s head underwater for 30 seconds until he became still. He was then left face down in that water for six additional minutes.
Pakko’s mother was at work when he went missing. He supposedly had adult supervision while she was away, according to CBS News. Pakko reportedly had mild autism. It remains unclear as of this time if the 19-year-old suspect was the one tasked with watching him.
“Obviously, it’s an incredibly tragic ending,” the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office spokesperson said, according to TIME.
The Snohomish County medical examiner is still looking into the exact cause of death.