A Baltimore cop has been charged with murder and child abuse one week after officers found his step-son's body in an upstairs access panel.
Eric Banks Jr., 34, has been in custody since July 6, after authorities said he tried to disarm a police officer following the discovery of Dasan Jones, 15, in a wall in his Curtis Bay loft.
Officers found bloody clothes nearby, they announced at a Wednesday news conference, where they announced that Dasan's death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.
In charging documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun, police wrote that Dasan also had injuries on his neck, face and mouth.
'Based on a combination of the evidence collected at the scene, the timeline of events, statements provided by Mr. and Ms. Banks, as well as the ruling of the [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner], there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that Mr. Banks killed Dasan Jones and attempted to conceal his body from law enforcement,' Detective Kelly Harding wrote in a statement of probable cause.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Banks was charged with first and second-degree homicide as well as child abuse leading to death on Monday.
He had previously been charged with assault and resisting arrest, and was being held in protective custody as a potential suicide risk.
Police are still investigating the case, they said Wednesday, and are trying to determine a motive for Dasan's death.
Dasan Jones was found unresponsive in a hole in the wall of his family's Curtis Bay loft on July 6
Jones, 15, was the step-son of Eric Banks Jr., with whom his mother had two other sons
Court documents reveal his mother, Latrice, had filed for protective orders against Banks that would grant her custody of Dasan, and her two other sons, Evan and Tristan
Dasan's death reportedly came after two months of domestic violence complaints between Banks and his mother, according to the Sun.
In May, Banks filed for a protective order from his wife, accusing her of threatening him and making false complaints about him, the Sun reports, but he withdrew the petition two days later.
Then in June, Dasan's mother, Jacinda Banks, filed for protective order against her husband, saying he was stalking her and causing her 'emotional and mental abuse.'
In her petition, which would grant her custody of Dasan and her two other sons with Banks, Evan and Tristan, claimed he owns two guns, but a judge denied the order.
She again filed documents for another order of protection just hours before her son's body was found, according to documents obtained by WBFF.
'I am in fear for my life and well being because Eric Banks keeps trying to control, follow and emotionally abuse myself and my sons,' she wrote in the documents, which also claimed Banks had taken Dasan's phone and was texting her from it.
In one text, the Sun reports, Banks allegedly told Jacinda he saw her outside a hotel where she was staying.
The petition for that restraining order was granted, according to the Sun, after which she called the Anne Arundel Police Department to ask officers to check on Dasan.
Cops were initially told by Banks that Dasan had left the home in the 1400 block of Stoney Point Way in Curtis Bay, leaving his belongings behind
He reportedly granted them permission to search the home, where they found Dasan unresponsive in a hole in the wall
Police tried to render aid to Dasan until fire department personnel arrived on the scene
Officers report that they received a complainant from Jacinda, at 4.56pm last Tuesday.
In a press release, the officers said Banks initially told them the boy had left the home in the 1400 block of Stoney Point Way in Curtis Bay, leaving his belongings behind.
He allegedly consented to a search of his home, according to CBS Baltimore, where they found Dasan unresponsive in a 'hole in the wall with a white cover leaning on it,' according to charging documents obtained by DailyMail.com.
The documents say Banks told the officers that the hole was his 'gun safe.'
Officers said they tried to render aid to Dasan until they were relieved by fire department personnel.
After the discovery of the body, Banks reportedly asked to say