SAN ANTONIO -- A John Jay High School instructor who had been placed on administrative leave has returned to his coaching and teaching duties.
Northside Independent School District placed 36-year-old Daniel Chapa on paid leave while they investigated a story involving the mysterious death of a child nine years ago. Chapa wrote a manuscript that describes a father drowning his 2-year-old son in a bathtub. Chapa's son Anthony reportedly died 9 years ago from Sandhoff disease, a genetic condition he had since birth, according to the medical examiner's office.
A recent autopsy report states the boy's body was exhumed last year and lists the boy's cause of death as homicide. The autopsy indicates the skeletal remains did not show any evidence of injury, but the medical examiner's report states "It is our opinion that Anthony John Blake Chapa, a 2-year-old male, died as a result of a drowning. This conclusion is based solely on the written confession of the decedent's father, in which he details how he drowned the decedent in a bathtub."
Chapa's lawyer said his client did not murder his son and that the manuscript is a fictional story he wrote years after his son's death.
Northside ISD officials based on the District Attorney's statement of no evidence, there was no reason for Chapa to stay out on leave any longer. He resumed his duties on December 10th.