PHILADELPHIA (CBS Philadelphia) -- Authorities say the babysitter of 2-year-old King Hill was arrested in connection to his death. The District Attorney’s Office and police confirm 24-year-old Tianna Parks has been charged with murder. Police arrested Parks early Monday morning after she was hospitalized for an unknown reason.
Police say King’s stepfather, Marvin Reese, put the toddler in Parks’ care. Officers arrested Parks after the investigation uncovered cellphone video confirming the child was killed.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Parks faces charges of murder, endangering the welfare of a child, abuse of a corpse, and related offenses, officials with the Philadelphia Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI said Monday.
Investigators believe Parks killed King well before police were called about his disappearance.
Philadelphia Police say Reese reported him missing on July 8, when he realized Parks did not have the 2-year-old. Reese told police Parks was a friend who helped babysit King in the past. He said King had been in Parks’ care for about two weeks before he was reported missing. The last confirmed sighting of King was on July 5.
Parks told police she returned the child to his mother at 31st and Diamond streets. King’s mother Amber Hill says that handoff never happened and that she did not know Parks at all.