Dad CHRISTOPHER BARNEY is facing an open murder count in the stabbing death of his 1-year-old son--if he survives his own self-inflicted wounds. Right before the stabbing, Daddy Dearest put the baby's mother in the hospital after he assaulted her.
And who are these clueless idiots who refer to this (alleged) killer as a "proud father?" Are we referring to the same @$$wipe who beat up the mother, and then killed the baby while she was in the hospital? Why didn't the cops arrest him before he could go home and do something disgusting like that?
Friends struggling with baby's murder
Christopher Barney, 27, accused in stabbing death
Updated: Monday, 31 May 2010, 8:52 AM MDT
Published : Sunday, 30 May 2010, 10:13 PM MDT
Reporter: Kaitlin McCarthy
TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) - Shock is spreading around Taos as more and more residents learn about the father accused of stabbing his baby son to death over the weekend.
New Mexico State Police said after stabbing the 1-year-old, Christopher Barney, 27, tried to kill himself. He is recovering at University of New Mexico Hospital and as of Sunday night, his condition was stabilizing. He is under guard by state police and is facing an open count of murder if he survives.
In the meantime, neighbors and friends are struggling to come to grips with what happened.
“Everybody is just confused by it, because we don't know why and what he thought of,” friend Angel Martinez said.
The horrific events started around 2 a.m. Saturday morning with a 911 call from a Taos Allsup’s. Barney and his girlfriend had gotten into a physical fight and she was taken to the hospital with the help of some friends.
During that time, state police said Barney went back to the couple’s home where they believe he stabbed his baby son and turned the knife on himself. Martinez’s boyfriend, Pedro Loya, was nearby when police arrived on the scene.
“They had just found out that Chris was stabbed and the baby was stabbed and they had called the ambulance and they had 8, 9 cops out there,” Loya explained.
Martinez went to the hospital with the baby’s mother and was there when she learned the devastating news.
“When she walked out she was just crying, she was really sad,” she said.
Both Loya and Martinez said Barney seemed to be a proud father. State Police are not confirming how many kids the couple has, but Loya and Martinez said they have three.
“It was just pretty crazy I didn't expect for him to be like that,” Loya said.
The lingering question of how someone could do this to their own child is playing over and over again for the couple.
“It's just really hard because it's shocking because the baby didn't have anything to do with it at all,” Martinez said.
As for Barney, he won’t be able to leave the hospital to be booked into a Taos County jail until doctors say it’s OK. His arrest warrant comes with a $900,000 cash-only bond.