Monday, April 8, 2013

Dad shoots 5-month-old son in the head and kills him; was this a shared custody situation? (American Fork, Utah)

Is this another one of those diasatrous "shared" custody arrangements involving a baby?

Notice there is no mention of a mother in the home...or anywhere else. Notice Daddy's narcissistic ravings about how his mood was better when his son was around, but worst when he wasn't.

So a self-centered, self-absorbed moron thinks things are "not cool" when his infant son is not around, so naturally...he guns down the baby like a rabid dog. Of course. Because it's all about total control, and if the object of that control is dead, so much the better for these sickos.

If this was a court-ordered custodial arrangment, I'd sure like to see the names of the fine judicial talent who bloodied their hands with this decision. Unfortunately, these court idiots often (willfully) confuse a sociopath's demand for child access with genuine paternal affection.

Dad is identified as JOSHUA PETERSON.

Utah dad kills baby, is stopped from killing self, police say

Police say motive for shooting of 5-month-old boy is being investigated.

By Jim Dalrymple II and Kimball Bennion | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Apr 05 2013 05:38 pm • Last Updated Apr 06 2013 03:15 pm

American Fork • An American Fork baby boy died Friday afternoon after his young father allegedly shot him in the head.

American Fork police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow said the shooting occurred just before 1 p.m. in a residence in the area of 500 East and 500 North. According to Ludlow, Joshua Petersen, 21, shot his son Ryker in the head with a rifle. The 5-month-old was taken to a hospital in American Fork, then transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he was pronounced dead.

About 6:30 p.m., police booked Petersen into Utah County Jail on suspicion of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. Jail staff said that Petersen was held without bail.

Ludlow said Petersen intended to kill Ryker then turn the gun on himself, but he was stopped by a family member. During a very brief news conference Friday evening, Ludlow added that the motive for the killing was still under investigation.

Petersen and the boy live at the home, Ludlow said, though police did not provide additional details about other occupants of the home.

Posts on Petersen’s Facebook account include many pictures of his young son. Petersen also posted multiple comments that indicated he had been having a "bad day" but that being with his son made it better. Conversely, some posts indicated that his mood also was affected negatively when he wasn’t with Ryker.

"Not cool, I don’t have my son," reads one post from Feb. 27.

A family member and a friend of Petersen’s who were contacted on Friday declined to comment.

But neighbor Fran Keller, who lives several blocks away, described the residents of the home as an elderly couple with grandchildren. Keller was out on a walk when she saw police and learned of a shooting.

"I’m pretty upset," she said. "How do you go on and even live after this?"