The "fridge killer" dad has finally been identified: JOSEPH MOULTON. This guy has a history of attempted murder, drug abuse, and domestic assault. He was left with the care of a helpless baby. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what happened next. This is what happens when infants and children are left in the "care" of violent criminal men: they are abused or killed.
No doubt there are those who will condemn this mother for her "choice"--which wasn't really much of a choice at all given the circumstances. But judges and custody evaluators make similar decisions all the time, and nobody holds them accountable when the children are murdered.
HPD: Dad confesses to killing baby found in fridge
Published On: May 03 2012 03:47:17 PM CDT
Updated On: May 03 2012 05:53:32 PM CDT
HOUSTON - A Houston man confessed to killing his 6-month-old son before putting the baby's body in his refrigerator.
Investigators said Joseph Mouton, 57, was high when he killed his son, Joseph. They said once he came down from the high, he wrapped the baby in a blanket and put the boy in the freezer in his apartment in the 7100 block of Beechnut Street.
He made a suicidal call to police on Wednesday at 8 a.m. Mouton appeared unresponsive. Sources told KPRC Local 2 that he tried to kill himself by overdosing on pills. He admitted to killing his child as he was being loaded onto a stretcher, officers said.
The baby's cause of death has not been released.
Mouton, a veteran, has been in trouble with the law in the past.
In 1988, he served eight years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder charges. In 2004, he served time again for drugs.
Then, in the fall, around the time the baby's mother was about to give birth, he was convicted and served 30 days behind bars for beating her up.
The baby's mother moved to Clear Lake to stay with family after breaking up with Mouton. She told police that she didn't have any money to care for the boy, so she left him with his dad.
Mouton's neighbors were shocked at the crime.
"He was a happy father, a loving father. There were no signs that anything was going wrong," neighbor Evette Williams said.