Person of interest may have dyed hair

January 30, 2008 4:17:01 PM PST
There are new developments in the case of a baby boy whose body was found in a field on Galveston's east end. Authorities say they should know soon exactly how the child died. Galveston investigators are expecting the results of an autopsy at any moment.

Meanwhile they are still searching for the baby's father, who is believed to be the last person to see the child alive. There is one change in the description of the Travis "TJ" Mullis. Police say he has blond hair, and not the brown hair that was shown in his photo. They think that during the two hour interview with the mother, she failed to tell them he dyed his hair recently.

That infant's body was found Tuesday morning near Galveston's Seawall between the entrance to East Beach and Ferry Road.

Eyewitness News was there Tuesday night as the mother of the baby left the Galveston police department. In the two hours she was there, she learned her baby boy is dead. Mullis, the baby's father, is wanted for questioning. But police will not yet say whether they believe he killed his own baby.

"He was the last person seen with the baby," said Lt. Jorge Trevino with the Galveston Police Department. "Anything else would be just guessing. That's why we want to talk to him."

It was just before 9am Tuesday when Jesse Zaro and his wife were riding along the east end of Galveston known as Cherry Hill. Their peaceful search for wildlife soon turned gruesome.

"I went to pieces," said Zaro. "I just couldn't believe it. It was horrible. A little defenseless baby, that's what I found."

Zaro found the blond haired, blue eyed baby boy lying face down in the grass. He was dressed only in a Blues Clues diaper. Nearby was a car seat. Zaro quickly made a heartwrenching call to 911.

"Oh, oh God," Zaro was heard telling the 911 dispatcher. "I'm up here driving with my wife. I found a baby. I think there's a baby. "

Police say the infant had head trauma. They believe he was in his car seat but not strapped in when someone just tossed him away. Meantime, this mother was getting worried. She hadn't seen Mullis or the baby since 6am after a late night.

She phoned a hospital, who called police. Now they're looking for him and his 2002 silver Hyundai Accent with license plate 067RJP.

Zaro will carry this forever. For now he wants swift justice.

Police are not yet releasing the baby's name. They believe his injuries are new and they don't believe he had been there for long. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday. Police say the baby's mother is only a witness.

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