Father Charged With Second-degree Murder in Death of 10-Year-Old Barway Collins

Pierre Collins
Pierre Collins

The father of 10-year-old Barway Collins, who went missing in Crystal, Minnesota, on March 18, has been charged with second-degree murder in his death.

His father Pierre Collins, who was in a lot of debt and had no income, had recently taken out two life insurance policies on the boy, according to a police report obtained by PEOPLE.

Barway was found dead in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Saturday. The report indicates that it was apparent his body had been in the water for several weeks. His feet were bound together with duct tape and a piece of duct tape was wrapped around his torso.

Barway left his apartment the morning he went missing and took the bus to school, according to the police report. At 4:17 p.m., he returned home and said in the parking lot of his apartment building, “there’s my dad.” Then he said, “oh, my uncles here too.”

Records obtained in the investigation showed that on the day Barway went missing, Pierre’s cell phone was used near where his body was found, an area where he had no reason to be.

One life insurance police that Pierre had on Barway had coverage of $30,000. On March 16, two days before his son was last seen, he made a payment on the policy and also called the insurance company asking about raising the amount of coverage from $30,000 to $50,000.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Caitlin Keating

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