WFPD updates the public on the investigation into Wilder McDaniel death

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More than three months after the death of two-year-old Wilder McDaniel, Wichita Falls police gave an updated on its investigation Thursday morning. 

Chief Manuel Borrego only spoke for about three minutes and it’s obvious the goal was to let the public know that they haven’t given up on this case and are still investigating. 

On October 11, 2018, Wilder’s body was found at a home on Irving Place.

Chief Borrego did say that since that day of Wilder’s death, like all child death cases, this has been investigated as a homicide until evidence proves otherwise.

Police said on that day the detective division and crime scene technicians were on the scene and did a search of the home, collected all possible evidence and interviewed the individuals who were in the house.

On October 22, 2018, police conducted a follow- up evidence search at the home of James Staley. 

While Wichita Falls police officers were executing the warrant, a man was seen coming out of the home with his hands in the air. 

Authorities did not confirm the man was Staley.

The chief did not elaborate on what happened during that search, but said quote, “they got what they wanted.”

He said the evidence that was taken from the house has been taken to the lab, but those results are not ready at this time.

“Our investigations are based on facts and facts alone, we don’t go off assumptions we don’t go off feelings and thoughts. We have to do this investigation strictly to the facts and the evidence that shows itself,” Chief Manuel Borrego said.

Before the briefing, detectives did speak to Wilder’s father, former MMA fighter Bubba McDaniel, to let him know what would be discussed Thursday.

We spoke to McDaniel after the briefing and even though he admits they didn’t provide the answers he was looking for, he is thankful for the community for their support.

“It’s helpful to have the community ask questions and to tell us to stay strong because there are a lot of time where we don’t want to be strong, we want to cry we want to be broken but we still have to search for justice, we have things that we have to continue to push forward for and without the community and the support that we’ve had we wouldn’t be able to do it as well as we have,” Bubba McDaniel said.

Chief Manuel Borrego said the department does not have autopsy results that will indicate the cause of death and he doesn’t know when results will be available.

Texomashomeage was told results would be complete this week, so we have re-submitted our request for results.

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