Monday, April 13, 2015

Dad "primary suspect" in death of 10-year-old son (Crystal, Minnesota)

Dad is identified as PIERRE COLLINS.

Father 'primary' suspect in death of Minnesota child

Monday - April 13, 2015
By The Associated Press Sunday, April 12, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

CRYSTAL, Minn. — A body found in the Mississippi River on Saturday has been identified as that of a 10-year-old Minnesota boy who had been missing for nearly a month. Police investigating the case as a homicide said Sunday that the boy's father is a “primary suspect.”

Authorities said the body of Barway Collins was found about 10 feet from the river's edge in Brooklyn Center. Crystal police Chief Stephanie Revering said authorities have electronic evidence that shows the boy's father, Pierre Collins, was in the area at the time the boy disappeared. She did not elaborate on the nature of the evidence.

“This location is consistent with our knowledge of Pierre Collins' activities on March 18, and he remains a primary suspect,” Revering said.

The Hennepin County medical examiner said the cause and manner of the child's death are being investigated. Revering said the case is being investigated as a homicide based on an autopsy and information from the medical examiner. She did not provide details.

Pierre Collins hasn't been arrested or charged. Revering said authorities have his passport to ensure he stays in the country, and police were stationed at his apartment complex for his protection.

Pierre Collins has said he is innocent. In a March interview with the Star Tribune, he said he wasn't home when his son disappeared and he was upset to be considered a suspect.