Teen accused of drowning 6-year-old Lynnwood boy held on $1 million bail
LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- The 19-year-old man accused of drowning a 6-year-old Lynnwood boy appeared by video Wednesday in Everett District Court.
Andrew Clayton Henckel from Kerrville. Texas. was taken into custody Tuesday for investigation of first-degree murder after Dayvid Pakko's body was found in a trash bin following an overnight search, according to court documents.
Henckel is reportedly the boy's uncle and was visiting relatives in Lynnwood when the incident occurred, according to court documents.
Court documents state Henckel allegedly drowned the autistic boy while taking care of him Monday.
Henckel admitted to detectives that he filled a bathtub and placed Pakko in the water face down. He then held the boy under the water for 30 seconds until he no longer struggled, according to court documents.
After the 19-year-old reportedly held Pakko under the water for six minutes, Henckel changed his clothes, wrapped the boy in a blanked and put him in a cardboard box, documents state.
Henckel then reportedly put the boy in a dumpster and went back to the apartment, where he laid on a couch until another individual came home, according to court documents.
Documents state the teen helped in the search efforts for the boy before the boy was ultimately found by the search team.
The teen told detectives he had planned to kill the boy about an hour before he drowned Pakko, documents state. He did not give detectives a motive.
Pakko's mother told KOMO News that the two were best of friends.
In court Wednesday, Henckel's public defender argued that Henckel is a gentle giant, naive and overly trusting of authority.
Family members said the 19-year-old is also autistic and they believe he didn't have the mental capacity to understand what he was telling police.
"He doesn't think like a normal 19 year-old," his father said from Texas. "To me, he's still not capable of adult decisions, especially one that will impact the rest of life."
According to court documents, officials said Henckel did not report a formal diagnosis and is not taking medication.
The 19-year-old reportedly graduated from high school with good grades and attended one year of college, documents state. The teen was employed at a U-Haul store before leaving Texas.
Court documents state Henckel is not aware of any disability he has or limitations in daily life.
Searchers found Pakko's body Tuesday in a dumpster at the apartment complex where he lived in the 15700 block of 44th Avenue West, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Paramedics deteremined that the boy had been dead for 12 hours after his initial disappearance.
The search first began Monday afternoon after Pakko was reported missing from his home. Pakko's mother said the boy stayed home from school and that another adult was taking care of him.
A search team, including a helicopter, several K-9 crews, detectives and more than 60 volunteers searched through the night and found the boy at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Family members said he was an adorable little boy who had mild autism.
"He was the sweetest little mischievous kiddo," said a close relative. "A little genius kid who just saw the world differently than we do."
A GoFundMe site has been established to pay for the boy's memorial.
The suspect is being held in Snohomish County jail on $1 million bail.