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EVERETT, WA – A 19-year-old has been accused of drowning his 6-year-old nephew in a bathtub before dumping his body in a dumpster.

According to reports, 19-year-old Andrew Henckel had been staying with his sister and her boyfriend for about a week when he was asked to babysit his sister’s autistic son, 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko.

When the boyfriend returned home after running errands he found Pakko was not inside the apartment. Henckel said he had fallen asleep on the couch and had no idea where Pakko may have wandered of to.

Henckel accompanied the boyfriend in searching for Pakko around the apartment complex for about 30 minutes before deciding to call police.

When investigators arrived on the scene and began searching for Pakko, they would find the missing boy’s body in a dumpster located 30 feet from the his apartment. This was also when police became very interested in Henckel.

Detectives were already focused on him since he was the last person to see Pakko alive, but he did something curious at the exact moment Pakko’s dead body was found in the dumpster.

“It appeared that police interest in the dumpster was quite obvious, yet (the suspect) walked away at that precise moment in time,” according to court documents.

When interviewed, Henckel admitted to police that he waited until the boyfriend left to fill a bath tub full of water and asked Pakko to come to the bathroom. Henckel says he grabbed the boy from behind and used his 6-foot-4, 180 pounds frame to hold the boy face-first into the tub.

When the boy stopped struggling, he wrapped the body in a large blanket, put it in a cardboard box and put it in the dumpster. He did not provide a motive. Henckel was arrested on suspicion of murder and jailed on $1 million bond.

Henckel’s father has since come out to say, along with Henckel’s attorney, that Henckel is autistic himself — a “gentle giant” whose condition may make him more compliant and willing to answer questions.

“I told the detective last night while they were still searching for my grandson, that he was autistic. And they said, ‘we get that and we’ll handle him with special care.’ Special care does not include not letting family members talk to him, or explaining why he might want a lawyer there,” said his father.

But police say the boy graduated from high school with As and Bs, went to college and was employed by U-Haul before moving in with his sister. Deputy Snohomish County Prosecutor Matt Baldock added that police found evidence that corroborated Henckle’s story, including how Pakko was dressed and where and how his was found.

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