Homicide

Father of Minnesota boy charged in death; complaint cites cell phone pings, insurance inquiry

  • Yamah Collins holds her son, Marck, next to family members during news conference announcing that her husband, Pierre, is being charged in the death of their son, Barway, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Crystal, Minn. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Pierre Collins after his son Barway vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

    Yamah Collins holds her son, Marck, next to family members during news conference announcing that her husband, Pierre, is being charged in the death of their son, Barway, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Crystal, Minn. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Pierre Collins after his son Barway vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering talks about charges against Pierre Collins during a news conference at the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Minneapolis. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Collins on Tuesday with killing his 10-year-old son Barway, who had vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

    Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering talks about charges against Pierre Collins during a news conference at the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Minneapolis. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Collins on Tuesday with killing his 10-year-old son Barway, who had vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rachel Volk, left, and Ashely Allen visit a makeshift memorial for Barway Collins, who had vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Crystal, Minn. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Collins' father, Pierre, in his death. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

    Rachel Volk, left, and Ashely Allen visit a makeshift memorial for Barway Collins, who had vanished nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River, Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Crystal, Minn. Citing cell phone location data and an inquiry about increasing life insurance coverage, prosecutors charged Collins' father, Pierre, in his death. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Minneapolis have charged the father of a 10-year-old boy whose body was found in the Mississippi River with 2nd-degree murder.

The criminal complaint charging Pierre Barlee Collins cites cellphone location data that police said places him near the spot in the river where Barway Collins' body was found.

It also says Collins held two life insurance policies on his son and had asked his insurer about raising the coverage on one policy two days before the boy disappeared. The boy was missing nearly a month.

The complaint says Barway's body had duct tape around his feet and torso when it was found.

Collins has said he is innocent. A family spokesman, Pastor Harding Smith, said Tuesday that Collins maintains he had nothing to do with Barway's death.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Authorities in Minneapolis have called a news conference to announce charges against the father of a 10-year-old boy whose body was found in the Mississippi River over the weekend.

Barway Collins of suburban Crystal had been the subject of widespread searches since his disappearance nearly a month earlier. Crystal police said soon after his disappearance that they considered his father, Pierre Collins, the primary suspect.

Collins has said he is innocent. A family spokesman, Pastor Harding Smith, said Tuesday that Collins continues to maintain he had nothing to do with Barway's death and hoped the community would withhold judgment.

The 33-year-old Collins remained in jail Tuesday.