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01/04/2009 11:16 AM ID: 75969 Permalink   

New Orleans Man Confesses to Killing Son Over Child Support


Danny Platt, who originally told police that three men with dreadlocks and sporting AK-47 rifles had kidnapped his two and a half year-old son Ja'Shawn Powell, has confessed that he is in fact the killer and told police where to find the boy's body.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley said that Platt's story had never added up, adding that "he was a suspect from the very beginning." Riley said that Platt told police that he would either kill his wife or his child rather than pay child support.

Platt had no prior contact with the boy before picking him up on Friday, despite having visitation rights. Riley asked how anyone could "do this hideous act to his own child, or to any child, and think that it is a remedy to paying child support?"

    WebReporter: vash_the_stampede Show Calling Card      
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money comes before your own child, to the fact that you will kill him just to keep it..

pretty sad.

doesnt surprise me for new orleans either, that place is a pit.
  by: cray0la     01/04/2009 11:27 AM     
Did this guy not figure that not having a child in the first place would solve the whole issue of maintenance and avoid a murder charge? I'm afraid this is another fine example of the need for parenting licences, draconian as it may seem. Ultimately it's not fair on the child to suffer the consequences of their feckless parents' failure to make decisions correctly. I rather hope this guy rots in jail for the rest of his life.
  by: Maxx20     01/04/2009 02:43 PM     
the guy has no more role to play in society.
get rid of him
  by: redstain   01/04/2009 02:46 PM     
  Something is wrong with the world  
when you kill your own child! Should've killed himself instead!
  by: aysos   01/04/2009 03:25 PM     
  @ Maxx20  
It is crazy how people have become.

I hate all this intrusion of the big brother but as it stands you are right.
  by: captainJane     01/04/2009 04:31 PM     
sometimes you can do everything to prevent it and it still happens.

Maybe the contraceptives didn't work? Women are so stubborn they'll have the kid anyways, and the man will have no choice in the matter.

Maybe he donated sperm out of good will and she found out who the father was and got child support?

Maybe the woman lied to him about being on the pill, or she poked a hole in his condom? Being a professional welfare mom is becoming popular these days.

Its sick that the man has no choice weather he pays or not once the sperm hits the egg no matter what circumstances.

I'm sure some will say "don't have sex". Are you suggesting fighters shouldn't fight because someone could die? You can't live in fear of what MAY happen, because then you won't live at all. Humans are a sexual creature, and to deny that because of some technicality is almost as cruel as killing a child. You're killing freedom, the freedom to make a choice, to choose what happens to you.

To suggest that men stop having sex because of this flawed system is dumb, when you could just make this whole situation fair in the first place.

Men have such little choice in what happens after the woman is pregnant it seems obvious what will happen. Back against the wall, some people only know one thing, violence.

Perhaps if there were a system in place where men had more of a say in the matter things like this wouldn't happen.

I'm not saying that this guy had one of the above things done to him, nor am I justifying his actions. I am merely commenting on the flawed system in place surrounding the support of illegitimate children.
  by: Trevelyan   01/04/2009 05:47 PM     
You're such an idiot I don't even know where to start. In short, your argument seems to be that to be "human" and "free" men have to impregnate evil women who probably have orchestrated the whole thing anyway, thus a pregnancy results and poor men may have no choice but to resort to violence. Believe it or not, there is this thing called "self-control" that people can exercise in their personal lives. If only your father had exhibited some of that, I would not have to be reading your idiotic post right now.
  by: gryphon50a   01/04/2009 05:53 PM     
everyone hates on logic when there is a sensitive issue on the table.

trev: i feel ya, honestly I know people will have a hard time swallowing your thinking on this issue but you're right. excusing him is NOT the issue nor goal. However looking at the problem from an outsider looking in perspective is valuable, and men are made out to be monsters 99 percent of the time when there is a child involved. I know, I've been there where the cop pulled us (my ex and I) over, and she was a NUTJOB by the way. We got pulled over for her erradic driving with the two kids in the back, (this was the same day i found out she had been cheating on me and charging my friends for... well you know). I yelled at her to stop driving like an idiot with the kids. The cop pulled us over, pulled me out of the car, told me i smelled like marijuana and took me to a Denny's where he said I could be picked up. My car, my kids, and I was in the right, but guess what? The woman was supposedly the victim. It's especially bad in Wa state. Talk about having your back against the wall, it took everything in me not to kill HER. I mean I wouldn't really but I can totally understand how someone could. Now the child... thats just strange but again, we're members of the animal kingdom and stranger things have happened to people who are pushed. From a completely scientific pov i can see how this could happen.
  by: mrmarler     01/05/2009 12:04 AM     
  I think  
the whole child support system is flawed and we will continue to see fustrated men in the news commintting horrible crimes. I have noticed a spike in domestic crimes like this and it all comes from a bias court system that needs to be updated. Women and men both are suppose to be equal in american society although the courts still view men as the provider and women as the care archaic is that???
I don't think it is right to kill you child..I believe that is horrible. I am in no way condonning what he has done..but you will find all accross the US an increase in fustrated men taking matters into their own hands until something is done.
  by: TOBYKIETH     01/05/2009 12:12 AM     
I have much to say to some ignorant, ill-informed people but I will hold my tongue on that.

I hope they fry the bastard that killed his child. If you can kill your own blood there is no one you wouldn't kill IMO.
  by: TaraB     01/05/2009 03:15 AM     
  Maybes doesn't cut it.  
Maybe this maybe that but it doesn't excuse his behavior for killing an innocent child. He wasn't asked to be born and he didn't deserve to be treated like trash.
  by: aysos   01/05/2009 05:29 AM     
The amount of child support Platt owed was $4,000.

He killed his son over $4,000...

Sometimes I hate being a human.
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/05/2009 09:45 AM     
Maybe he didn't have 4,000 dollars and would've simply been mounted into debt slavery. Not everything is black and white, and while what he did is terrible, suggesting that he did it just for the sick joy of killing a child is absurd. No one kills a child over money they could have simply paid and not gone to jail over. He needs to be locked away forever or maybe even given the death sentence, but not for the insane, emotionally-charged reasons some people here are spouting. In this case, emotionally charged reactions don't cause too much of a problem, but not every emotionally charged reaction goes out to something so definitively wrong like this. Sometimes good people get punished just because of stereotypes and assumptions.
  by: velger   01/05/2009 11:16 AM     
As a victim of the child support system myself I gotta say you're right.

I wouldn't trade my daughter for the world but my quality and equality as a parent fell into immediate doubt the moment that I chose to have a penis.

Boo infanticide. Hurray Licensed Parenting.
  by: VermiciousG     01/05/2009 02:20 PM     
I hate hearing about this crap... it really upsets me. I would hate for anything to happen to my kids.
  by: rogeratvfan   01/05/2009 07:45 PM     
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