Trial to begin Monday in ‘Baby Delano’ case; father charged with murder

Willie Wilson

Willie Wilson

Update: Willie Wilson was found not guilty of murder. Read more here.

Original story:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A jury will decide the fate of an Indianapolis father accused of killing his infant son.

Willie Wilson’s jury trial is scheduled to begin Monday afternoon. The trial is expected to last one week, according to a court clerk.

The case involving Wilson and his 6-week-old son, Delano, set off a desperate search across the city of Indianapolis. Wilson told Indianapolis Metropolitan police that kidnappers confronted him and took the boy away in August 2014.

Police activated an Amber Alert and searched for the boy. A month after Delano’s disappearance, police released a sketch of two suspects—a man and a woman—who’d supposedly taken the boy.

Wilson initially helped with the search, and the boy’s mother made an impassioned plea for baby Delano’s safe return.

Ultimately, search teams never found the boy. In February 2015, Wilson was charged with murder in connection with the baby’s disappearance.

Court documents said investigators found internet searches related to child abductions and missing infants on a phone belonging to Wilson. Court documents showed that Wilson performed 24 different internet searches on the day Delano was reported missing.

Surveillance video showed Wilson walking by himself just a minute before he called 911 to report the kidnapping, contradicting his statements about being robbed. Police also found possible traces of human blood in the bathroom sink and bathtub, as well as on a light blue baby blanket.

Police said baby Delano is dead and closed the missing persons case related to his disappearance. The boy’s remains have never been found.