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Father Allegedly Kills Son Over $4K in Child Support Debt

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Associated Press: Danny Platt said he was under a lot of pressure. He apparently owed his estranged wife $4,000 in back child support.

But there were no signs of stress when the 22-year-old father, accused of killing his 2-year-old son over the child support debt, went to pick up his little boy for a weekend visit, his mother said Sunday.

On Friday, several hours after her son, Ja' Shawn, left, Daniella Powell received a phone call. It was Platt. He said their son had been kidnapped and quickly hung up.

Powell called back in disbelief. She said her husband gave different accounts of the kidnapping. She asked if he had called police. He said he had, but when she called authorities, they hadn't heard from him.

Police said Platt made up an elaborate story about his son being kidnapped by three men armed with AK-47 rifles late Friday night. Platt eventually confessed to the killing, telling authorities he "would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support," Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Saturday.

Later, he led police to the boy's body. He has been booked on a charged of first-degree murder.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Mary Scott January 5, 2009, 9:53 AM

My heart and prayers go out to this little angels mom and family.

Jen January 5, 2009, 2:52 PM

I don’t even know what to say. I have a two-year old daughter and ,without her, I wouldnt want to live. I think I wouldve killed that man before the police could get to his house.

Angie  February 5, 2009, 3:52 PM

WOW! I’m in disbelieve God bless the family ……

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