Thank goodness in this case, the judge DID listen to the mother and deny dad JOHNATHON FRANK ATHEY bail. He is facing a murder charge in the death of his 3-month-old son. The baby died from asphyxiation.
Texas father charged in death of 3-month-old sonThe Associated Press
May 6, 2011, 12:37PM
AMARILLO, Texas — A 27-year-old father facing a murder charge in the death of his 3-month-old son has been denied bail by a judge in the Texas Panhandle.
Johnathon Frank Athey remained in the Hutchinson County jail Friday in the connection with the April 19 death of Dustin Athey.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports that Justice of the Peace Cindy Irwin told Athey she wanted him held without bail because of the severity of the charge. Preliminary autopsy results showed Dustin died of asphyxiation.
Authorities say Athey does not yet have an attorney.
The newspaper reported that the child was dead when emergency personnel arrived at a home near Fritch where Athey and the boy's mother lived.
Fritch is about 35 miles northeast of Amarillo.