- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 8, 2005

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — DNA evidence indicates that blood found on the clothing of the last person seen with missing 3-year-old Tyreek Davis came from the child.

Police charged Herman Lee Black with second-degree murder after the child was reported missing Sept. 29 and presumed dead.

Mr. Black, 46, was charged in October. He was the last person seen with the child as the two left a motel in Carmel Church in Caroline County, where the child’s family had been living.

Mr. Black told police at least three different stories about what happened that day but denied harming Tyreek. At the time, he was living with the child’s mother, Tyreek and his siblings.

Initially, Mr. Black told police he left the boy in his vehicle outside a Wal-Mart store in Fredericksburg. He later said he left him at a work site in western Spotsylvania County.

Police would not say what Mr. Black told them in his third story.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court, a DNA specialist from the FBI lab in Quantico contacted Spotsylvania Detective Troy Skebo about blood found on Mr. Black’s jeans and T-shirt, the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg reported yesterday.

The tests determined that the blood belonged to the offspring of Tyreek’s mother, Linette Davis, and his biological father, Daryl Wright, court records show. Tyreek is the only child the couple have in common, authorities said.

The search warrant was filed in Stafford because Mr. Black is there in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney William Neely confirmed the DNA test results on Friday, saying he plans to present the evidence at Mr. Black’s preliminary hearing on Jan. 26.

Mr. Neely said what appeared to be blood was visible on the front side of Mr. Black’s T-shirt. He said Mr. Black told authorities it was transmission fluid. But both blood and transmission fluid were found on Mr. Black’s clothes, Mr. Neely said.

Authorities conducted massive searches for Tyreek in the days following his disappearance, but found no trace of the boy.

The latest search warrant was obtained to allow authorities to seize and examine other items Mr. Black had with him at the time of his arrest, including a pocket knife, his wallet and a watch. It was not clear whether those searches turned up any new evidence.

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