- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

D.C. police said yesterday that an arrest is imminent in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was found Monday with his hands tied and ankles bound in the bathtub of his mother’s Southeast apartment.

Capt. C.V. Morris, head of the police department’s Violent Crimes Branch, said police were awaiting the medical examiner’s report in the death of Don Miguel Wilson. He said police need to know the cause of death and whether the case is ruled a homicide before they can make an arrest in the case.

Don’s body was discovered early Monday by his grandmother when she arrived to pick him up from the Wheeler Park Apartments, where he lived with his mother and 11-month-old brother.

Don’s mother, identified by several news outlets as Julia Barber, and his brother were not home when the boy’s body was found.

The grandmother called police and other family members.

Capt. Morris said the boy’s relatives have been cooperating with investigators.

“There are victims on both sides,” Capt. Morris said during a press briefing yesterday. “Not only the child, but the mother, the father, other family members. There are a lot of victims in this case.”

Throughout yesterday, neighbors watched intently from windows and hallways as police quietly continued the investigation at the apartment building where Don’s body was found.

A blue stuffed bear was hung on the fence that surrounds the apartment building.

Police questioned the boy’s 24-year-old mother for several hours Monday. The mother came to the apartment after she was contacted by relatives, police said.

Capt. Morris would not rule out the mother — or anyone else — as a suspect in the case.

Police think the incident is family-related and does not involve any outsiders, although a motive has not been established, Capt. Morris said.

Police were called at about 8 a.m. Monday to the apartment at 3211 Wheeler Road SE, where they found the boy unconscious. Police had said the boy likely had been in the bathtub for a few hours at most.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The boy was found with his hands tied behind his back and his ankles bound together. Several news outlets have reported that the boy was found facedown in the bathtub.

Police would not confirm whether there was water in the bathtub when the boy was found.

The mother and other relatives were taken to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Branch, where they were questioned until very early yesterday morning.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported yesterday that the boy’s mother was taken to D.C. General Hospital, where she was under observation in the psychiatric ward.

Don’s 11-month-old brother has been placed with Child Protective Services.

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