Sunday, January 4, 2009
Man Takes Novel Approach to Avoid Paying Child Support
Cops: Dad ordered to pay child support kills son
Published - Jan 04 2009 06:15AM CST | AP
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY - Associated Press Writer
A man who initially told police gunmen kidnapped his 2 1/2-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, shown above, confessed and told police where to find the child's body. He will be booked on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Ja' Shawn Powell, Riley said at a news conference.
"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.
"I guess it made more sense to him to kill the kid instead of the old lady," said an semi-illiterate by-stander, "if he kills the mom then he gets the kid and has no one to pay him child support." A nearby off-duty guard offered to kill both the father and the semi-illiterate by-stander. His offer was declined by officials who said it would be a violation of standard policy.