Father charged with murder in death of infant son due in court Thursday

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Willie Wilson

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

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 4, 2015)-- Willie Wilson is charged with the murder of his six-week-old son Delano.

Baby Delano's body has not been recovered. The evidence used to arrest and charge him is circumstantial.

"It is our belief and conclusion of the investigators that baby Delano is dead at this point," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.

IMPD's violent crimes unit walked Wilson out of his west side home in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon. Investigators spent hours at the house searching for evidence.

"From the beginning nothing has added up. I left it in God's hands and now I just want Delano back," said Lethrice Hamilton, Delano's great aunt.

Wilson reported that his child was missing on August 27, 2014. He told police that he was pistol whipped by two people and Delano was snatched from his arms.

"I have nothing to hide I just want them to find my son I gave them all the descriptions. I gave them the details I just want them to find my son," Wilson said in an August interview.

Wilson was the one to call 911 to report his son missing

“I just got robbed and my son was abducted," said Wilson on the 911 call with dispatchers.

Key to the investigation may be what detectives found when they searched Little Eagle Creek a week after baby Delano was reported missing.

Search dogs hit on some crucial evidence that has been submitted for DNA testing in an area where neighbors told police they saw a man matching Wilson's description emerging from the wooded river bank.

"He should have been charged a long time ago. Two plus two didn't add up with him. It's a blessing that they are going to take care of things now," said Kenneth Dorsey, Wilson's neighbor.

A check of nearby surveillance cameras shows Wilson walking the streets without baby Delano--just one minute before he reported his son missing.

Court documents also show a couple dozen of searches on Wilson's phone about "missing infants" and "child kidnapping."

"It's a sad day for that baby, but justice was done and he will get what he deserves, said Dorsey.
Investigators removed several bags of evidence from Wilson's home.

Wilson makes his first court appearance Thursday.

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