Fathers Rights people tell you that "joint" or "shared" custody will solve all the problems associated with violent fathers. They're totally deluded. Dad GIDEON WALTER OMONDI was awarded joint custody of his 6-year-old son by the California courts. Almost immediately after the hearing, Dad tried to kill himself and the boy by dousing his car with gasoline and lighting it on fire. A California patrolman found them before Dad managed to get out his matches, and Dad made up some feeble excuse. The patrolman noted the incident, BUT DAD CONTINUED TO GET WEEKEND VISITATION. Then Dad picked up the child from daycare when it was not his time. He then took the child to the father's home and drowned him in the bathtub.
The problem is not that this father didn't have enough time with his son. THE PROBLEM IS THAT HE HAD ANY TIME AT ALL. If he had NO time, then maybe this child would still be alive.
California dad on trial over drowning son, 6 in bathtub
SANTA ANA – A father faces trial for murdering his 6-year-old son by drowning him in a bathtub after becoming angry that his wages would be garnished to support his son and ex-wife.
Gideon Walter Omondi, 38, of Fullerton, is charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of attempted murder.
He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life if convicted.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Thursday.
Omondi moved to the United States in 2002 from Kenya to attend the California State University in Fullerton.
In 2004, his wife and young son, Richie Omondi, also moved to California to join him.
The defendant, who was illegally working several jobs while on a student visa, is accused of wanting to send his wife and son back to Kenya claiming it was too expensive to support a family in Orange County.
When his wife refused, Omondi is accused of filing for divorce. After the divorce, Omondi and his ex-wife were granted joint custody. Omondi is accused of becoming angry that his wages would be garnished to support his ex-wife and son.
On Jan. 6, 2006, Omondi is accused of becoming angry following a family court hearing.
He is accused of driving with his son to a desolate stretch of highway near Bakersfield with the intention of murdering Richie and killing himself.
Omondi is accused of parking the car on the side of the road, dousing the trunk of his BMW sedan with gasoline, and closing himself and his son in the trunk with matches in his pocket with the intention of setting the trunk on fire.
A passing California Highway Patrol officer noticed the car and stopped to check on it, believing it had been abandoned. The officer observed shoes outside of the trunk of the car and opened the trunk, finding the defendant and his son inside.
Omondi is accused of claiming that the pair had been sleeping. The officer allowed the defendant to leave but documented the contact.
On Sept. 8, 2006, Omondi, who had custody of his son for the weekend, is accused of picking up 6-year-old Richie from day care.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2006, Omondi is accused of filling up his bathtub in his Fullerton apartment and intentionally drowning Richie. He is accused of then removing his son’s lifeless body and leaving him on the bed for two hours.
At approximately 9:30 p.m., Omondi is accused of driving to the Fullerton Police Department (FPD) to tell them about his son.
Officers from FPD went to Omondi’s home and found Richie dead in the bed, under the covers, with his head on the pillow. The pillow was still wet from the victim being placed there after being drowned.