Cops: Dad Killed Baby Son to Dodge Child Support

Child's body found stuffed in a bag
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2009 1:51 AM CST
New Orleans Police homicide detectives escort Danny Platt to jail. Police say he killed his baby son to avoid child support.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – A young father has been charged with murdering his toddler son to avoid paying child support., reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The dad, 22, confessed to killing his son, stuffing the child's body in a bag and dumping it in a playground. He originally claimed the child was abducted. The murder was triggered by a dispute with the toddler's mom over $4,000 in child support, police said.

"This incident and the manner in which he killed his child was extremely hideous," said the New Orleans police superintendent. "There are some sick individuals in this society, and this gentleman is clearly one." As he was about to be booked, the dad told reporters: "I had a lot of pressure on me. I'm sorry about killing my baby."