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Family questions confession in case of Kerrville teen accused of drowning nephew

The Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested a man, who family identifies as Andrew Henckel, for first-degree murder.

A 19-year-old Kerrville man is accused of murdering his nephew in the Seattle area.

Investigators say they found the body of Dayvid Pakko, 6, near Lynnwood, Washington, on Tuesday morning. Family members reported the little boy missing on Monday.

The Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office arrested a man, who family identifies as Andrew Henckel, for first-degree murder.

The suspect’s father, Randy Henckel, said Andrew had been staying with family there for about a week when he was asked to babysit his nephew, Dayvid. When they spoke Monday night, Randy said Andrew told him he woke up to other relatives arriving home, but the boy was missing.

Deputies say Andrew later confessed to drowning the 6-year-old in a bathtub, then dumping the body in a dumpster.

"My grandson's been murdered,” said Randy Henckel, the suspect’s father. “My autistic son, who would never hurt a fly, has been sequestered since last night by the police. Apparently, they evoked a confession from him. He had no lawyer present. No family present."

He said Andrew and Dayvid met for the first time during this trip.

"They're both autistic,” Randy said, “and my daughter told me they both connected very naturally. That's what I was told. I've been talking with them every day since, during the week that he's been there, and there were zero problems."

Andrew Henckel graduated from Kerrville’s Tivy High School in 2016 with perfect attendance, his parents said.

They said he has Asperger syndrome, and it’s difficult for him to answer open-ended questions. Andrew smiled often and was well-liked, despite his challenges communicating, Randy said.

Randy Henckel does not believe his son is capable of murder and plans to pursue legal help.

He wants the truth and hopes detectives have physical evidence beyond the confession.

@MichaelLocklear | mlocklear@sbgtv.com

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