The charging documents filed Thursday shed no new light on the alleged motive for the homicide.
The uncle of an autistic 6-year-old boy whose body was found in a Lynnwood apartment-complex dumpster has been charged with first-degree murder-domestic violence in Snohomish County District Court.
Andrew Henckel, 19, is accused in charging documents filed Thursday of drowning Dayvid Pakko in a bathtub Monday afternoon. The court documents shed no new light on the alleged motive for the crime.
Henckel is being held in lieu of $1 million bail in the Snohomish County Jail.
Dayvid, who stayed home from school because of illness, was being watched by Henckel in the family’s home at Bristol Square Apartments, in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West, when he was reported missing at about 2 p.m. Monday. His body was found around 2 a.m. the next day in a dumpster not far from his apartment.
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Detectives say Henckel, who is 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, grabbed the 48-pound boy from behind and plunged him face-first into the tub, holding him under water until he stopped struggling, according to court documents.
He then wrapped the body in a large blanket, put it in a cardboard box and placed it in the dumpster, the documents said.
Henckel, whose former attorney and father say suffers from autism spectrum disorder, was taken into custody by police a short time after Dayvid’s body was found. He was not booked into the Snohomish County Jail until 3:30 p.m.
Henckel’s father, Randy, talking to reporters from San Antonio, Texas, said the young man was interrogated by police for hours without a parent or attorney present, despite having obvious developmental disabilities.
Rachel Forde, the Snohomish County public defender who appeared with Henckel at his first appearance in Everett District Court on Wednesday, urged the judge not to hold her client based solely on his statements to police, pointing out that individuals with his disability are easily susceptible to suggestion and authority figures.
Henckel’s family has since retained a private attorney, Forde said Thursday.
The documents indicate that Henckel came under particular scrutiny based on his actions after the boy’s body was found in the dumpster. Rather than showing interest in the sudden activity, they said, Henckel left the area.
“It appeared that police interest in the dumpster was quite obvious, yet Andrew walked away at that precise moment in time,” according to the document.
Randy Henckel told the San Antonio TV station that his son had been staying with Dayvid’s family for about a week when he was asked to baby-sit his nephew. He says he spoke to his son Monday night, and he indicated the boy was missing.
Randy Henckel said his son met Dayvid for the first time during his visit.
He told the TV station he does not believe his son is capable of murder.