Philadelphia.-District Attorney Larry Krasner on Monday announced Murder and related charges have been filed against a woman for her role in the disappearance and death of a North Philadelphia toddler who was reported missing earlier this month.
An investigation led by Philadelphia Police and FBI that yielded cell phone and video evidence has concluded that Hill, who was last seen on July 7th in Strawberry Mansion, is dead.
Hill was in the custody of Tiana Parks (DOB: 8/4/1995) of Philadelphia when he was reported missing the second week of July. The Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit urged members of the public to come forward with any information. Residents of the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood where his mother lives led searches for the missing child as well.
Parks, who was entrusted with Hill by the former partner of his mother, was arrested on Sunday and will be arraigned today. She has been charged by the District Attorney’s Office (DAO) with Murder (F), Endangering the Welfare of Children (F2), Interference with the Custody of Children (F3), Abuse of Corpse (M2), Unsworn Falsification to Authorities (M2), False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities (M3), Obstruction of Justice (M2), and Tampering with Evidence (M2).
“The death of King Hill is an unbearable tragedy that is compounded by Tiana Parks’ actions. This precious baby’s family and community deserve to know how he died. They deserve the opportunity to bury and mourn him with dignity,” District Attorney Krasner said. “This child deserved so much better in life. My office will continue to work alongside the Philadelphia Police and FBI to seek justice for his death.”
The Philadelphia CARES (Crisis Assistance, Response, and Engagement for Survivors) team at the DAO has been providing support to Hill’s family and will continue to do so as this case progresses through the criminal legal system. Survivors of homicide who are in need of support may contact the CARES team at 215-686-8019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.