Where Is Joshua Davis? New Details On The Unsolved Disappearance Of The Texas Baby Boy

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Where Is Joshua Davis? New Details On The Unsolved Disappearance Of The Texas Baby Boy

He was only 18 months old when he disappeared from his home in the outskirts of Dallas, and it's been more than 8 years since he was last seen alive or dead. Where is Joshua Davis?

18-month-old Joshua Davis was last seen at a birthday party thrown by his family in 2011. Since then, both the police and his family have been frantically looking for him.

But there are several conflicting reports about what possibly could have happened to him. Was he kidnapped? Was he “traded” away? Is he alive? Or has he suffered a worse fate?

Let’s look at what we know about the disappearance of Joshua Davis.

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1. Authorities were suspicious of Joshua Davis’ parents.

According to KSAT-TV, New Braunfels authorities were, at first, suspicious of Joshua Davis’ parents because they spent more time disposing of various drugs around the house than they were of reporting their son missing.

However, Joshua’s mother told authorities that while there was marijuana in the house, there was nothing else that was a “harder” drug. What’s more, she said, it only took a few minutes for her to get rid of the drugs, and her family spent the rest of the time looking for Joshua outside.

"I've told them everything that I know," Joshua’s mother told KSAT in 2016. "I've been truthful with them."

Joshua Davis would be eight years old today. 

2. The 911 call was recently released to the public.

The call that reported Joshua Davis missing came into the New Braunfels police on February 4, 2011. However, thanks to a podcast that focuses on unsolved kidnappings and murders, the 911 call has now been made public.

According to Fox 7, Joshua’s grandfather was the one that made the 911 call.

“My grandson is missing. He's about 16-18 months. We can't find him anywhere," he said. “We've been looking for him for about 20 minutes.”

Interestingly, however, the 911 operator didn’t think the case was that urgent, because he told Jerome to “call back later.”

"Okay, I'm going to send someone in that direction. Keep looking for him. If you find him, give us a ring back," the officer responded.

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3. Joshua Davis was initially declared deceased.

Statistically speaking, if a missing child isn’t recovered within 72 hours of the time he or she went missing, the chances are extremely high that the child is, indeed, dead.

And it’s with this in mind that New Braunfels police initially declared Joshua Davis deceased, according to The People’s Champion.

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Back in 2012 — just one year after Joshua Davis went missing — the police declared him dead.

“Lt. Stephen Hanna of the New Braunfels Police Department says, “The investigators have essentially confronted the family, basically saying that we are fairly certain that something has happened, that there was an accident inside the house and that something happened to the child.”  Hanna also believes that someone is not being honest from that night. Hanna said, “The seven individuals that were in the house that night, one of them or numerous of them know what happened and have been misleading investigators as to what happened to the child,” reports the outlet.

4. But Joshua’s mother is hoping that her baby is still alive and somewhere safe.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, even though the police have been leaning heavily on Sabrina Benitez — whom they think is responsible for Joshua’s disappearance and death — she believes that her son is alive and well.

“I want people to stop pointing the finger at me because, just like the cops don’t know, nobody else knows what happened,” she said. “I wonder if he’s being loved, well treated. I just want answers.”

Joshua Davis’s father, Josh Davis Sr., also denies knowing what happened to his son. “I told the police I would never hold nothing back. I don’t care if it implicated my mom or dad or anyone else,” he said. “My son is missing, and it feels to me that the police are barking up the wrong tree by looking at the family.”

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Bernadette Giacomazzo is an editor, writer, and photographer whose work has appeared in People, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, The Source, XXL, HipHopDX, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and more. She is also the author of The Uprising series. Find her online at www.bernadettegiacomazzo.com and www.longlivetheuprising.com.