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    Default Cops: Dad Killed Son Over Child Support

    This is just disgusting:
    Cops: Dad Killed Son Over Child Support

    NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 3, 2009
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    (AP) A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2-year-old son was arrested Saturday, accused of committing an "extremely hideous" murder because he was ordered to pay child support, Police Superintendent Warren Riley said.

    Danny Platt confessed, told police where to find the child's body and has been booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Ja' Shawn Powell, police said.

    "He had said he would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support," which he recently had been ordered to do, Riley said.

    Riley said he did not know the amount of child support and would not describe how the boy was killed, saying the coroner would do that after the autopsy was complete. The coroner's spokesman did not immediately return a call.

    "The mother is in a safe place," Riley said.

    Although he had visiting rights, Platt, 22, of New Orleans, had never visited the boy until he picked him up Friday, Riley said.

    Police put out a notice Saturday asking people to look for the boy and saying his father had told them three men with dreadlocks and AK-47 rifles had piled out of an SUV and kidnapped Ja' Shawn shortly before midnight Friday.

    "His story never really added up," Riley said. "He was a suspect from the very beginning."

    Riley said Platt eventually confessed and told officers where to find the body.

    Police spokesman officer Janssen Valencia said he did not know if Platt has an attorney.

    Platt had only a couple of "very minor" previous arrests, Riley said.

    "How does an individual - because he's ordered to pay child support to take care of a kid ... believe that this is so much pressure that he would face - he would do this hideous act to his own child, or to any child, and think that is a remedy to paying child support?" Riley said. "I mean there are some sick individuals in this society, and this gentleman is clearly one."

    Cops: Dad Killed Son Over Child Support, Man Accused Of Murdering Toddler To Avoid Paying; Earlier Claimed He Had Been Kidnapped - CBS News

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    THAT is one sick bastard. Life in jail I hope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Third Rider View Post
    THAT is one sick bastard. Life in jail I hope.
    Not death sentence? Just curious, usually that's the first reaction to a crime like this.



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    I wonder if he has any mental issues or where society, his family, etc. failed him. Does he just have absolutely no sense of right and wrong? No empathy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    I wonder if he has any mental issues or where society, his family, etc. failed him. Does he just have absolutely no sense of right and wrong? No empathy?
    Sometimes self-interest (or hatred for the mother perhaps) overrides any lesser sense of empathy one might possess...

    It's hard to tell without more information.
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    If he's capable of killing his own child, he's probably capable of killing again. I don't think that assumption requires much of a leap. That makes him too dangerous to be of any use to society, other than as raw material.
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    Wow, absolutely disgusting. What kills me is how these folks end up getting married in the first place. You can't tell me this guy wasn't a primo douchebag from the beginning.

    This happened in my home state--believe me, he'll pay. Louisiana folk will want to see him fry for killing a toddler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallulah View Post
    Wow, absolutely disgusting. What kills me is how these folks end up getting married in the first place. You can't tell me this guy wasn't a primo douchebag from the beginning.
    True. And what mother leaves her son alone with a man that has never seen him since he was born. . . especially if she knew that he had made previous threats?

    If I were the dad, I think attempting to rob a bank to get the money sounds a bit more sane then killing my own son.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    True. And what mother leaves her son alone with a man that has never seen him since he was born. . . especially if she knew that he had made previous threats?
    He did have visitation rights... I'm not sure she had a lot of choice, in the big picture (in hindsight, better to have not given the dad a chance, but not an easy call in advance.)

    If I were the dad, I think attempting to rob a bank to get the money sounds a bit more sane then killing my own son.
    Funny enough, I disagree. I imagine the concept of paying for his kid took on a life of it's own... a sort of moral outrage against some unfairness. He didn't do it for practical reasons, I'm pretty sure.

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