Police serve search warrant at home of missing 6-week-old baby
Update: Willie Wilson was found not guilty of murder. Read more here.
by Megan Trent
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 1, 2014) - Police served a search warrant at the home of missing 6-week-old infant Delano Wilson Monday evening.
Rafael Diaz with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says this is standard procedure when a child is missing and does not necessarily indicate a new development in the case.
Police could be seen walking around the property with flashlights in the 500 block of Chase Street. More than a dozen officers were on the scene and a mobile crime lab was set up outside the home. As officers went in and out of the house, neighbors gathered outside to see what was happening.
Delano Wilson's parents, Willie Wilson and Taniasha Perkins, could be seen on the front porch of the home along with other family members. Police took Perkins around to the side of the home, where she was questioned individually. Afterwards, Perkins was taken away in a police car, but she was not handcuffed.
Police continue to ask people with information about the disappearance of 6-week-old Delano Wilson to step forward.
The baby has been missing since just after noon Wednesday. The little boy's father, Willie Wilson, says he was walking in an alley in the 1400 block of Henry Street when a man and woman attempted to rob him, then hit him and took his son out of his arms. He says they took off in a blue Taurus.
An Amber Alert was issued Wednesday and cancelled Friday evening after days of widespread searching.
“Our main focus right now is to find this child," says Diaz. "Unfortunately, the reason for the cancellation of the Amber Alert is because tips just weren't coming in as much as we had hoped.”
Diaz says there have been a lot of resources dedicated to the case from the beginning.
“Obviously we want to make sure that we bring this child home, so we allocated a lot of resources to do that for a few days. I believe right now we’ve had about 200 plus manpower hours, boots on the ground, searching the area for that child.”
He says IMPD missing persons detectives are still searching the area and talking with people who live nearby. The FBI is continuing to offer their assistance when needed.
“Our focus right now is to still search the area in smaller patterns; not the full-out scale that we did last week, but detectives continue to be hopeful that tips will still continue to come in.”
While police are not giving up on their goal of bringing Delano home safely, Diaz says they need people to come forward with information.
“If there was ever a time when we need the public’s help, it’s in a case just like this,” says Diaz.
Anyone with information about Delano Wilson's disappearance is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-STOP or IMPD's missing persons hotline at 317-327-6915.