Last Thursday Eddie Salazar
called the police and reported that his eight-month-old son, Eddie Jr., had been kidnapped.
The 28-year-old father told the cops that two men wearing black ski masks stormed into his home in Carthage, Missouri, beat him unconscious and took his child.
Following standard procedure in child abduction cases, police issued an AMBER Alert
, setting off a flurry of news reports, tweets, and e-mails, as concerned citizens across the state tried to track down the lost infant.
On Saturday the Associated Press reported
that the baby's lifeless body was found "wedged against a tree" on the banks of the Spring River, near Joplin in the southwest corner of the state.
Police tracked down one of the men Salazar claimed was behind the break-in but the suspect had a solid alibi.
Later that afternoon Salazar was arrested and charged with making a false police report. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Reports the AP (via CBS News
Missouri police say they have found the boy dead, and instead of hunting down the masked intruders, they consider the child's father, Eddie Salazar Sr., the prime suspect in the baby's death.
"Since Mr. Salazar is charged and is being held on $100,000 bond, that will allow us to do a bit more investigating and do the autopsy before seeking more charges," [Carthage Police Chief Greg] Dagnan said at a news conference Saturday evening.
"I won't speculate at this time what charges we will seek or what will be filed."
Check back for more details as the story develops.