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76 Killer Dads: Fathers who ended their children's lives in situations involving child custody, visitation, and/or child support (USA) ONLY as of 2-16-2010

Posted in domestic law by abatteredmother on April 15, 2010

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2010

76 Killer Dads: Fathers who ended their children’s lives in situations involving child custody, visitation, and/or child support (USA)

Since posting a short list of fathers who had killed their children in cases where child custody, visitation, and/or child support was an active contributing factor (just articles published in 2010), several people have asked me for a more comprehensive list.

It’s nearly impossible to come up with a truly comprehensive list. News articles provide incomplete or inaccurate information. Many articles are not readily accessible through a standard Google search. But I am providing you with the a list of the cases that I have collected over the last year or so, coupled with a few cases submitted by others. Most of these murders occurred during the past two years, but not all. If you have information about additional cases that fit the above listed criteria, please send the information to me.

Note that this list does NOT include ALL the fathers who annihilate their families in murder-suicides or kill their children under other circumstances, even when there was a history of domestic violence or child abuse. If child custody, visitation, and/or child support did not appear to play an identifiable role in the child’s death, I did not include the case on the list. If I were to include all fathers who murder their children for any reason (mental illness, carelessness, "frustration," anger at the mother–but with no apparent or identifiable child custody, visitation, or child support issues), this list would be nearly endless. So this list is not to be taken as reflective or representational of all fathers who murder children.

I apologize in advance for any errors, either in the newspaper articles or in the transcription.

76 Killer Dads: Fathers who ended their children’s lives in situations involving child custody, visitation, and/or child support (USA)

ALABAMA

Franklin County

Father: PAUL GONZALEZ

Victim(s): Andrea Gonzalez (5 years)

Date of Death: Reported missing in Nov. 1993. Body never recovered.

Custodial father eventually pleads guilty to manslaughter. Stepmother charged with child abuse.

Jefferson County

Father: CORY RICE

Victim(s): Janiya Nicole Hale (1 year)

Date of Death: July 2009

Father, a registered sex offender, is charged with murder. Daughter died during overnight visitation.

ARIZONA

Cococino County

Father: RYAN PETERS

Victim(s): Teigan Peters (aka Teigan Brown) (3 years)

Date of Death: June 2009

Daughter killed in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation . Mother had applied for orders of protection.

Maricopa County

Father: ALLEN CHAMBERS

Victim(s): Mindi Chambers (17 years)

Date of Death: Assumed to have been murdered around the time she went missing in 1982.

Custodial father ALLEN CHAMBERS is now presumed to have murdered Mindi Chambers around the time she went missing. Daughter had reported sexual abuse to the authorities. Not reported as officially missing til 1995.

Father: JEFFREY DUCHANE

Victim(s): Trenay Duchane (12 years)

Date of Death: Nov. 2008

Custodial father and stepmother convicted of murder.

Father: RAUL MOLINA GONZALEZ

Victim(s): Anthony Gonzalez (11 years)

Date of Death: Summer 2005

Father convicted of murdering son during summer visitation.

Father: NUSHAWN CAMPBELL

Victim(s): Son (5 years)

Date of Death: June 2009

Father with sole custody stabs son to death in failed murder-suicide. Mother had been trying to regain custody.

CALIFORNIA

Contra Costa County

Father: ERHAN KAYIK

Victim(s): Volkan Kayik (16 years)

Date of Death: July 2007

Custodial father found guilty in 2009 of strangulation death of son.

El Dorado County

Father: DAVID ELIOTT

Victim(s): Chandler Nash-Eliott (11 years)

Date of Death: Dec. 2009

Father not charged in the "suicide" of son. Father had physical custody, parents had shared custody. Father had extensive history with CPS regarding neglect, abuse, lack of supervision, etc.

Los Angeles County

Father: DAVID HELMS

Victim(s): Lance Helms (2 1/2 years)

Date of Death: 1995

Custodial dad convicted in beating death of son. Father had obtained custody despite extensive history of violence, drug abuse.

Father: CAMERON BROWN

Victim(s): Lauren Sarene Key (4 years)

Date of Death: Nov. 2000

Father scheduled to go to trial for 3rd time for death of daughter. Daughter was allegedly pushed off cliff during visitation in order to avoid child support.

Orange County

Father: GIDEON WALTER OMONDI

Victim(s): Richie Omondi (4 years)

Date of Death: 2006

Father shared custody with the child’s mother. Convicted of 1st degree murder in Jan. 2010. Drowned son to avoid child support.

San Bernadino County

Father: JESUS ROMAN FUENTES

Victim(s): Jesus Gabriel Fuentes (4 years)

Date of Death: Feb. 2010

Father crashes car, shoots to death son during visitation. Parents divorced. Father in critical condition from self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Father: STEPHEN CHARLES GARCIA

Victim(s): Wyatt Garcia (9 months)

Date of Death: Jan. 2010

Father kills son during court-ordered visitation. Murder-suicide. Parents never married. Mother had pleaded with 3 judges regarding father’s violence, threats.

San Diego County

Father: DENNIS POTTS

Victim(s): Tori Vienneau (22 years), Dean Springtube (10 months)

Date of Death: July 2006

Father is convicted Sept. 2009 in the murders of his former girlfriend and son. Father didn’t want to take paternity test, pay child support.

Ventura County

Father: JAMES MULVANEY

Victim(s): Jason Mulvaney (12 years), Jennifer Mulvaney (7 years)

Date of Death: Sept. 2009

Father stabs to death son and daughter in murder-suicide during overnight visitation. Parents had shared custody and were still involved in divorce, custody case.

COLORADO

Arapahoe County

Father: AARON THOMPSON

Victim(s): Aarone Thompson (7 years)

Date of Death: Reported missing in Nov. 2005. Body never recovered.

Father convicted in Sept. 2009 in daughter’s murder. Father had custody, as he had abducted the children from mother in Michigan.

Jefferson County

Father: JOSEPH TRUJILLO

Victim(s): Adrian Trujillo (5 months)

Date of Death: Jan. 2010

Father charged in death of infant son. Father had physical custody while mother in military. Father alleged to have left baby alone while father went out drinking for 7 hours. Baby later found dead.

CONNECTICUT

New Haven County

Father: MORRIES D. HILL SR.

Victim(s): Morries Hill Jr. (5 months)

Date of Death: 2008

Father charged in connection with the death of son. Baby died from "severe physical abuse." Infant died in father’s home during overnight visitation.

FLORIDA

Colllier County

Father: SAMUEL SEJOUR

Victim(s): Elijay Kye Aliazar (3 months)

Date of Death: Jan. 2009

Father had shared cust
ody with infant’s mother. Son died of blunt force trauma to the head during visitation. Father charged w. 2nd-degree murder.

Duval County

Father: JOSI M. HALL

Victim(s): Kyla Hall (1 year)

Date of Death: 2008

Father had sole custody, and had been cleared of previous abuse allegations. Daughter died of blunt force trauma at home.

Hillsborough County

Father: CHAUNCEY ROBINSON

Victim(s): Chavon Robinson (22 months)

Date of Death: Feb. 2008

Father convicted Dec. 2009 of murdering child during visitation.

Jackson County

Father: WESLEY JONATHAN WILLIAMS

Victim(s): Danielle Baker (mother), sons Ahmaad (4 years) and Amarion (1 year), and unrelated infant.

Date of Death: 2005

Father allegedly committed quadruple murder because he was angry about child support.

Lake County

Father: RICHARD L. ADAMS

Victim(s): Kayla McKean (6 years)

Date of Death: 1998

Custodial father beat daughter to death. Had been subject of multiple CPS investigations.

Orange County

Father: ROOSEVELT BRADLEY II

Victim(s): Roosevelt Bradley III (8 months)

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Father arrested for murder of infant during visitation.

Osceola County

Father: MELVIN ORTIZ

Victim(s): Unnamed Son (5 years)

Date of Death: July 2009

Son beaten to death while visiting father, stepmother.

Palm Beach County

Father: TONY CAMACHO

Victim(s): Crystal Camacho (8 years), Nelson Camacho (10 years)

Date of Death: Dec. 2006

Father and mother were finalizing divorce. During Christmas visitation, father stabbed daughter, then killed her and brother Nelson Camacho (10 years) in arson murder-suicide. Mother had unsucessfully petitioned for protection.

Pasco County

Father: THOMAS LUDWIG

Victim(s): Diella Ludwig (2 months)

Date of Death: Dec. 2008

CPS granted father THOMAS LUDWIG custody of infant twins. Father charged with 1st-degree murder in Diella’s death.

Volusia County

Father: MICHAEL REESE

Victim(s): Jeremiah Reese (14 years)

Date of Death: Sept. 2009

Jeremiah Reese died of "accidental overdose" at the home of his custodial father. Father had long history of abuse, neglect with CPS.

IDAHO

Ada County

Father: NICHOLAS BACON

Victim(s): Bekm Bacon (8 months)

Date of Death: Feb. 2010

Father shot to death son in murder-suicide. Parents going through divorce, but had joint custody. Infant killed during visitation with father.

Jerome County

Father: ROBERT ARAGON

Victim(s): Sage Aragon (11 years)

Date of Death: Dec. 2008

Custodial father acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in hypothermia death of daughter. Father had told to her to walk to mother’s home during blizzard.

Twin Falls County

Father: JIM NICE JR.

Victim(s): Justin Nice (6 years), Spencer Nice (6 years), Raquel Anna Nice (2 years)

Date of Death: 2005

Father murdered children with rat poison during court-ordered visitation.

ILLINOIS

McClean County

Father: MICHAEL CONNELLY

Victim(s): Duncan Connelly (6 years) and Jack Connelly (4 years)

Date of Death: March 2009

Father killed sons in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Mother had extensive involvment with the courts trying to prevent contact with father.

Will County

Father: CHIDI ESI

Victim(s): Nathan Esi (19 months)

Date of Death: Oct. 2009

Father accused of drowning son during visitation.

INDIANA

Green County

Father: RONALD A. BOHANNON

Victim(s): Travis Bohannon (14 months)

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Father separated from wife. Son "accidently" shot during visitation. Father convicted of reckless homicide Jan. 2010.

Lake County

Father: CORDELL RICHARDSON

Victim(s): Eboni Richardson (19 months)

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Father shot daughter during visitation. Didn’t want child’s mother to do moveaway.

Father: TERRY BETHEL (aka Terry Noel)

Victim(s): Josiah Shaw (13 months)

Date of Death: Jan. 2008

Father allegedly arranged to have visitation with son, then shot him to death to avoid child support.

KANSAS

Shawnee County

Father: JAMES KRAIG KAHLER

Victim(s): Karen Kahler (44 years), Emily Kahler (18 years), Lauren Kahler (16 years), Dorothy Wight (89 years)

Date of Death: Nov. 2009

Parents were in the process of divorcing, reportedly "sparring over children."

Sumner County

Father: UNNAMED FATHER

Victim(s): Caden Michael Reemes (4 years)

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Child asphyxiated at the home of his custodial UNNAMED FATHER.

KENTUCKY

Anderson County

Father: TIMOTHY FRAZIER

Victim(s): Cole Frazier (21 months)

Date of Death: May 2009

Father obtained custody with police assistance through fraudulent EPO. Shot son to death in murder-suicide. Mother suing police, city.

Clark County

Father: PATRICK WATKINS

Victim(s): Michaela Watkins (10 years)

Date of Death: 2007

Custodial father, stepmother found guilty of murder in girl’s death. Girl removed from mother’s home by social workers.

LOUISIANA

Pointe Coupee Parish

Father: AARON BOWMAN

Victim(s): Aaron Bowman, Jr.

Date of Death: Nov. 2009

Father had "temporary" custody of son, 2-year-old daughter when son beaten to death. Father charged with 1st-degree murder.

MAINE

Kennebec County

Father: SHANE SOUCY

Victim(s): Connor Soucy (4 months)

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Infant became "unresponsive" during visit with father. Later died at hospital.

MARYLAND

Baltimore County

Father: MARK CASTILLO

Victim(s): Anthony Castillo (6 years), Austin Castillo (4 years), Athena Castillo (2 years)

Date of Death: Mar. 2008

Mother had tried to stop father from having access, but blocked by courts. Children murdered during court-ordered visitation.

Father: STEPHEN NELSON

Victim(s) Turner Jordan Nelson (3 years)

Date of Death: Feb. 2008

Murdered by father by being thrown off bridge. Father and mother had argued in court over custody.

MASSACHUSETTS

Bristol County

Father: KRISTOPHER GRIFFIN

Victim(s): Kaitlyn (6 years)

Date of Death: July 2009

Father allegedly murdered daughter because he was concerned about possible moveaway.

Worcester County

Father: LESLIE G. SHULER

Victim(s): Nathaniel Turner (7 years)

Date of Death: June 2009

Father charged with beating death of son. Took place during father’s summer visitation.

MICHIGAN

Oakland County

Father: JOHN KELLY

Victim(s): unnamed infant (13 weeks)

Date of Death: Feb. 2010

Infant died during unsupervised visitation.

St. Clair County

Father: JOE GALVAN

Victim(s): Prhaze Galvan (3 years)

Date of Death: Jan. 2010

Child died of blunt force trauma in home of father, stepmother. Both face murder charges.

MISSOURI

Cass/Jackson Counties

Father: MARK GUENTHER

Victim(s): Elizabeth Guenther (18 months)

Date of Death: Feb. 2010

Father to be charged with 2nd degree murder. Baby suffered fatal skull fracture during father’s weekend visitation.

Father: DAN PORTER

Victim(s): Sam Porter (7 years), Lindsey Porter (8 years)

Date of Death: June 2004

Father murdered children during court-ordered visitation. Had extensive history of domestic violence.

St. Louis County

Father: Nathaniel Robinson

Victim(s): Desmon Valenzuela (3 years)

Date of Death: 2007

Father obtained custody 1 month before child’s beating death. Convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jan 2010.

NEVADA

Clark County

Father: BRANDON TODD ARDUINO

Victim(s): Brandon Christopher Arduino-Boggs (13 years)

Date of Death: Sept. 2009

Son killed in auto homicide case where father DUI. Parents had been in lengthy child custody case.

Father: ALEX KOPYSTENSKI

Victim(s): Giovani Kopystenski (5 years)

Date of Death: July 2009

Custodial father. Autistic son "accidentally" shoots himself in head after finding gun in father’s car.

NEW JERSEY

Passaic County

Father: EDELMIRO GONZALEZ

Victim(s): Adrian Gonzalez (7 years)

Date of Death: Nov. 2009

Father in "bitter custody dispute" with "estranged" wife. 7-year-old son shot to death, 11-year-old son, wife, in critical condition.

NEW MEXICO

Bernalillo County

Father: RICHARD ROBERT SANCHEZ

Victim(s): Richard Jr, Daniel, and Christopher Sanchez

Date of Death: Aug. 2001

Father "went missing" with sons during custodial visit. Bodies recovered, identified in July 2009.

NEW YORK

Erie County

Father: JAMES E. KENT

Victim(s); Joshua Kent (3 years)

Date of Death: Mar. 2005

Sole custody father beats son to death.

Genessee County

Father: UNNAMED FATHER

Victim(s); Marcus Peters (6 years)

Date of Death: Oct. 2009

Child dies during weekend visitation with father, but authorities say death not "suspicious."

Monroe County

Father: MARK RESCH

Victim(s): Hunter Resch (7 years)

Date of Death: Feb. 2010

Child shot to death in murder-suicide during court-ordered visitation. Father had history of DV, mother had filed two orders of protection.

Orange County

Father: CHRISTOPHER RHODES

Victim(s): Jerica Rhodes (7 years)

Date of Death: Jan. 2005

Sole custody father convicted in daughter’s stabbing death. Had extensive history of DV.

NORTH CAROLINA

Edgecombe County

Father: BRICE MCMILLAN

Victim(s): Tyler Brice (13 years)

Date of Death: June 2008

Custodial father, stepmother convicted of 2nd-degree murder. Boy tied to tree, died of dehydration, heat exhaustion.

OKLAHOMA

Bryan County

Father: WOLF ABEL

Victim(s): Cheyenne Wolf (11 years)

Date of Death: April 2008

Custodial father, stepmother charged in girl’s death.

OHIO

Cuyahoga County

Father: ANTHONY JOHNSON

Victim(s) Anthony Johnson Jr.

Date of Death: Aug. 2009

Father accused of beating child to death during visitation.

Franklin/Delaware Counties

Father: DANIEL J. DOBSON

Victims: Nicole Dobson (15 years), Sarah Dobson (11 years)

Date of Death: Dec. 2009

Father had physical placement of 15-year-old daughter. "Shared parenting" plan in place with divorced mother. Girls shot to death in murder-suicide.

Stark County

Father: JAMES MAMMONE III

Victim(s): Macy Mammone (5 years), James Mammone (3 years), Margaret Eakin (57 years)

Date of Death: June 2009

Divorced father convicted of stabbing children, beating to death former mother-in-law in Jan. 2010.

OREGON

Clackamas County

Father: DONALD L. COCKRELL

Victim(s) Alexis Pounder (3 years)

Date of Death: Jan. 2010

Father, mother had shared custody. Father, girlfriend charged with beating, starving girl to death. Mother allegedly blocked from seeing child by father.

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia County

Father: DOMINGO "ANIBAL" FERREIRA

Victim(s) Charlenni Ferreira (10 years)

Date of Death: Oct. 2009

Girl died from abuse in the home of her custodial father, stepmother. Father later (allegedly) committed suicide in jail cell.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Anderson County

Father: JAMES T. DICKERSON

Victim(s): Jeremy Dickerson (7 years)

Date of Death: July 2009

Father with "full custody" charged in son’s beating death.

Chester County

Father: UNNAMED FATHER

Victim(s): Xymerra Evans (11 months)

Date of Death: Sept. 2009

Child sexually abused, beaten during visitation with father. Later died at hospital.

TENNESSEE

Shelby County

Father: CURTIS LEE MORRIS, JR.

Victim(s): Isaiah Snipes (16 months)

Date of Death: Nov. 2009

Father had just obtained custody of son, 3-year-old daughter in Sept. 2009. Father charged w. 2nd-degree murder.

Warren County

Father: MITCHELL STONE

Victim(s): Kayndace (3 years), Akeelia (1 year)

Date of Death: May 2009

Custodial father, stepmother charged in deaths of two girls.

TEXAS

Denton County

Father: DUKE WATROUS

Victim(s): Ashley Watrous (10 years)

Date of Death: Dec. 2009

Custodial father charged in shooting death.

Gaines/Yoakum Counties

Father: MARIO ROMERO

Victim(s): Mitchell Romero (3 years), unnamed mother

Date of Death: Oct. – Nov. 2009

Mother reportedly murdered by father during child abduction. Son later killed in car accident.

Jasper County

Father: LEO DESMOREAUX IV

Victim(s): Triston Dobbins (21 months)

Date of Death: Dec. 2007

Boy died of head injuries while visiting father, stepmother. Father on trial for capital murder Jan. 2010.

VIRGINIA

Norfolk County

Father: JOSHUA SAWYER

Victim(s): Carly Sawyer (5 years)

Date of Death: June 2009

Custodial father, stepmother charged with 2nd-degree murder. Mother lost custody during divorce, father denied mother contact.

WEST VIRGINIA

Mercer County

Father: RONALD HOLCOMB

Victim(s): Brooklyn Holcomb (5 years)

Date of Death: Jan. 2007

Custodial father convicted of 2nd-degree murder in daughter’s death. Mother had lost custody the year before after applying for child support.

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