Philadelphia, PA– Tianna Parks, 24, of Philadelphia was arrested July 20th, and charged with the abduction and murder of two year old King Hill, whom she was a babysitter for.
According to Police, King’s stepfather, dropped off the child with Parks at least two weeks before realizing he was missing, and filing a missing persons report.
Reese initially told police that King was last seen by the babysitter who claimed she returned King to his mother on July 8. King’s mother states he was never dropped off, and assumed he was still in the care of his stepfather.
According to King’s family, they called police on July 8th when they realized he was missing.
It is believed the child was last seen alive on July 5. Investigators with the Philadelphia Police Department along with the FBI said cellphone and video evidence indicates that the child is dead, according to ABC News.
UPDATE: Investigators believe Parks killed King well before police were called about his disappearance. Police developed her as a suspect very early on in the investigation, saying her story did not check out. @TrangDoCBS3 reportshttps://t.co/OnRlEycDkE
— CBS Philly (@CBSPhilly) July 20, 2020
On July 20th, Philadelphia District Attorney Krasner said in a statement:
“The death of King Hill is an unbearable tragedy that is compounded by Tianna Parks’ actions,”
He went on to say:
“This precious baby’s family and community deserve to know how he died. They deserve the opportunity to bury and mourn him with dignity. This child deserved so much better in life. My office will continue to work alongside the Philadelphia Police and FBI to seek justice for his death.”
Parks is currently being held without bail, and is being charged with murder, interference with the custody of children, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.
TRAGIC NEWS: Just days before his third birthday, investigators in Philadelphia have confirmed a missing young boy has been killed. https://t.co/zvpsU8Tl1O
— KDKA (@KDKA) July 20, 2020
King’s family is desperate to know what happened to this little boy, and have his body brought home.
Kimberly Hill, King’s maternal grandmother said in a statement:
“Wherever he is at, whatever happened to him, just bring him back so we can put King to rest,”
Philadelphia Police Department Capt. Mark Burgmann said this is one of the toughest cases he has seen in his 40-year career, and has vowed to leave no stone un-turned until King is brought home.
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Earlier this month Law Enforcement Today reported another little boy had been senselessly murdered in Detroit.
DETROIT, MI.- On May 21, a 4-year-old boy was shot and killed on the west side of Detroit when someone fired shots into a house, striking the child. The boy was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.
The boy was identified by family members as Nathaniel Mesiah Roby-Townsend. On the same night, a 3-year-old girl was shot in front of her mother and 12-year old brother.
“What I’m describing in both instances is cowards—cowards who can’t settle disputes without a gun,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at the time, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
The two shootings happen just two hours apart.
“They killed my grand baby,” said Pansey Glaster, grandmother of Nathaniel.
The little boy was visiting her home and was eating a snack, walking from the kitchen to the living room.
“Next thing we know we heard shots (someone) shot him and killed him,” Glaster said.
The child was hit twice; police have said they have a person of interest in that case, who is currently hospitalized. Chief Craig said he understood the desire to retaliate, but asked people not to.
“Don’t do it, because we’ll find you as well.”
“There has been some light conversation from the street,” Craig said. “There are some who know who did the shooting and they’re going to retaliate.”
In the other incident, Ry’liee Bailee, who had just turned three was in a care with her mother and her brother, and she was sitting in her car seat. They were picking up the child’s uncle at a home around 10 p.m. when a fight broke out in the middle of the street. The 12-year-old alerted his mother that he saw a gun.
“They were just sitting outside waiting for him to come out,” said Kaneisha Brown, Ry’liee’s aunt. “Next thing you know, shots fired.”
The child was shot in the stomach, with the bullet puncturing her liver. She underwent surgery and is recovering from her wounds. As in the first case, Detroit police had a suspect as well, a man named Brandon Johnson.
The Detroit News reported that police had information on the suspects.
“The suspects opened fire on this mother with two children, for what reason, we absolutely don’t know,” the chief said. “The good news is we know that the suspects are described as three male blacks, possibly in a Chevy Equinox who are between the ages of 20 and 25 years old.”
“Detroit Police Department is committed to solving these two cases,” Craig said. “It’s tragic. Once again, another cowardly act.”
“We know who you are,” Craig said. “Brandon Johnson, we need you to turn yourself in”
Nathaniel’s family is coming forward after the leads about a possible suspect in his murder have apparently gone cold. Now the family is pleading for help in the case.
Marlisha Roby had trouble getting words out as she spoke about her 4-year-old son, needlessly taken away by selfish losers with a gun.
“I just want to say. I want justice for my son. He was only 4 years old. He didn’t deserve none of this. He was too jolly; he didn’t get a chance to live his life.”
“Please, is there anybody out there who knows anything?” said Roby.
“Y’all don’t know what it feels like to see a 4-year old boy with a hole in his chest the size of a bottle cap?” said Nathaniel’s father, Nathaniel Townsend.
“He didn’t even make it to kindergarten. He just started school in September. The only thing he liked doing was dance, be with his family, play outside. Whoever did this, y’all some cowards. “Y’all some cowards. I hope you rot in hell. Your whole family. I hope I be there to spit on your grave, and I know that’s harsh, but I hope that, said Roby.
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