Dad BRIEN DIEZ is a classic abusive dad--though the reporter doesn't tell you that. How do we know he was abusive? Here are the tell-tale signs:
1) Diez was involved in a "custody dispute" with the mother of his children (translation: he was in an ongoing battle to control/punish the mother by taking her children away from her--a typical abuser tactic).
2) He had previously violated an order of protection that the mother had against him (still more evidence of Daddy's abuse).
3) And as if that wasn't enough, we now know that poor Daddy broke into a house and killed five people, including the mother of his children. So much for "children need both parents" and "co-parenting."
4) Daddy abducted the two thoroughly traumatized children--then abandoned them elsewhere, before offing himself. Yea, that's showing the love.
Still want to make an argument that his "custody dispute" had anything to do with wanting to be a good father and spend more time with his kids, as opposed to violence and coercive control?
Hat tip to Annie.
Lake Havasu Man Kills 5, Then Himself
Suspect In Custody Dispute With Mother Of Children, Police Say
Sarah Shales Assignment Editor, CBS 5 News
POSTED: 9:51 am MST August 29, 2010
UPDATED: 7:07 am MST August 30, 2010
LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. -- Police say a gunman entered a western Arizona home and fatally shot five people -- including the mother of his two children and her boyfriend -- before fleeing with the kids to Southern California where he killed himself.
The shootings in Lake Havasu City late Saturday occurred as 23-year-old Deborah Langstaff and friends were celebrating her boyfriend's birthday.
Police said Sunday that the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Brian Diez, had fathered 4-year-old Kaia Diez and 1-year-old Cole Diez with Langstaff.
Lake Havasu City police Sgt. Joe Harrold says Diez was arrested Aug. 13 for violating a protection order Langstaff had against him.
When police responded to the home, they discovered four people dead at the scene and two others -- 20-year-old Brock Kelson and 44-year-old Deborah Nyland -- needing medical attention.
Kelson and Nyland were transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center by ambulance, where Kelson later died of his wounds, police said.
Police said Diez used a .40-caliber semi-semiautomatic handgun.
Police identified the dead as Langstaff, 24-year-old Primo Verdone, 42-year-old Russell Nyland and 20-year-old Ashley Nyland.
An Amber Alert was issued at 2:30 a.m. as police began to search for the shooter and the missing kids. Just before 4 a.m., the alert was canceled and police said 4-year-old Kaia Diez and 1-year-old Cole Diez were found safe at a home in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with family members, police said.
Police located Diez in the residence, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound, police said.