Saturday, February 2, 2008


Travis Mullis, 21, was last seen with the baby that was found dead near the Seawall and Ferry Road in Galveston, police say. Police spoke with an Alvin woman who said Mullis had the baby at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Galveston Police Department

Possible Dad Surrenders, Charged In Baby's Death
POSTED: 10:30 pm CST February 1, 2008
UPDATED: 11:30 pm CST February 1, 2008

GALVESTON, Texas -- The possible father of a slain baby found dumped on the side of a Galveston road surrendered and confessed in Philadelphia Friday, and was charged with capital murder, officials told KPRC Local 2.

Police said they believe Travis "T.J." Mullis is the father of a 3-month-old boy found dead near a utility pole on Seawall Boulevard near Ferry Road on Tuesday.

He was considered a person of interest in the boy's death.

Police held a news conference Friday night and said Mullis confessed to killing the baby after his arrest.

"Travis Mullis stated that he intentionally killed 3-month-old Alijah Mullis in Galveston on Jan. 29, 2008," said Lt. Jorge Trevino with the Galveston Police Department.

Bond was set at $1 million on the capital murder charge.

Galveston police will travel to Philadelphia for Mullis' extradition hearing.


Officials said Mullis might have tried to have a sexual encounter with an 8-year-old girl the same day the baby was found.

According to the Brazoria County District Attorney's Office, the 8-year-old who Mullis lived with claimed that while everyone in the house was asleep, Mullis took her to a school playground in an attempt to commit a sexual assault.


The baby is the second child to be found dead in the area in the past few months. A fisherman discovered the body of a young girl in a plastic box floating in Galveston Bay in October.

Detectives named her "Baby Grace" until they learned her true identity, Riley Ann Sawyers.

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