Dad CHRISTOPHER RAINES has been arrested for fatally shooting his 9-month-old daughter in the head. Dad was apparently upset that Mom didn't want to have a relationship with him anymore. Given that Dad has apparently aimed his gun at the baby before, I can just vaguely imagine why Mom wanted him out.
Of course there is the mandatory clueless friend quote: "He loved that baby!" Really? Now that we see how Dad really is, it seems that what he really loves is power and control, especially the power that comes out of the barrel of a gun.
Father Arrested In Baby's Death
POSTED: 9:16 am MST December 2, 2009
UPDATED: 10:39 am MST December 2, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A father is behind bars after police say he fatally shot his 9-month-old daughter in the head.
Police arrested 22-year-old Christopher Raines late Tuesday night. When asked by a reporter, "Was it worth it?" Raines shook his head no.
"Was it worth it?" is the phrase police said the man used when speaking to his baby's mother after he shot his infant in the head at a northwest Albuquerque home.
Officers said he got into an argument with the baby's mother, with whom he'd had a 2-year relationship. The pair had apparently been text messaging back and forth all day.
Raines told investigators the mother, 18-year-old Ashley Trujillo, had recently told him she no longer wanted a relationship with him. He said he believed she was seeing another man.
"He grabbed his daughter, his 9-month-old daughter, he armed himself with a .45-caliber gun. He put it to the baby's head and he fired a shot into that child's head," said Nadine Hamby, spokeswoman for the Albuquerque police.
"This individual decided to take his own child's life just to spite the mother of his baby," said Hamby.
Trujillo told police it wasn't the first time Raines had pointed a gun at the infant.
A close friend of the family told Action 7 News he doesn't know what to make of the shooting.
"I just feel sick to my stomach. You know, I didn't see it coming. I trusted this guy. You know, I didn't know he's that kind of guy. He loved that baby," said Jeffrey Martin.
Police said there was no record of domestic violence between the couple.