Friday, July 5, 2013

Former custodial dad with history of "anger management" and physical violence shot to death at custody exchange (Shawnee, Kansas)

Scroll through Dastardly Dads, and you'll find plenty of fathers who killed helpless babies and toddlers--yet they were only charged with "child abuse" or maybe manslaughter.

But not the kid accused of shooting to death his violent father. 

UNNAMED DAD had a history of physical and verbal abuse, a history of (useless)"anger management" classes. At one point he even had custody of his son--something many abusive fathers are very successful at getting. How? Why? Who gave it to him? Why did he lose it? No explanation here. 

And yet the father still had UNSUPERVISED VISITATION where the exchange took place at a public place. Public place exchanges are an additional tip-off that Daddy was not safe--and yet Mom and the son were STILL subjected to his will and continually placed in danger. 'Cause after all, it's a fathers-rights world where nobody else has any rights anymore. 

So we have a 16-year-old boy who was apparently depressed, even suicidal, who couldn't take the beatings and the bullying anymore. A boy who was given NO OPPORTUNITY to free himself of this crap till he aged out of family court. Any chance to live a life of peace, free of violence, SHUT DOWN by the authorities. No chance to walk away, live on his own. Unable to survive on his own economically. A juvenile without a high school diploma, who can't vote, join the military, hold down a job paying more than the minimum wage, or even have a legal 3.2 beer. A boy backed into a corner whether his life was going to be more battering, more abuse...unless he fought back on his own. 

And yet the BOY is charged with 1st-degree murder. Double standard much? No stand-your-ground for kids, just adult white males. Eh?

When are the family courts going to start taking responsibility for their bad decisions?

Kan. teen charged with killing father

Friday, July 05, 2013 9:58 AM

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) -- Friends of a 14-year-old northeast Kansas boy accused of killing his father during a custody exchange with the man's ex-wife say the teen had been talking recently about taking his own life.

The boy was charged Wednesday in the juvenile division of Johnson County District Court with one count of premeditated first-degree murder. A court appearance is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

The fatal shooting occurred Tuesday outside an auction house in Shawnee, where the boy's mother and stepfather had arranged to turn him over to his 46-year-old father.

Investigators said mother and stepfather were inside the business when the teen walked to the car where his father was waiting and shot him with a handgun. The boy was at the scene when police arrived, The Kansas City Star reported ( ).

Police and prosecutors have not commented on a possible motive or how the boy obtained the gun. The teen's appointed attorney, Trey Pettlon, said Wednesday he was not yet ready to comment.

"I'm still in the process of gathering information, but I think there's going to be more to the story," Pettlon said.

Friends and classmates of the boy at a Wyandotte County high school told The Star he was well-liked, athletic and usually happy.

But they also said he spoke of verbal and physical abuse by his father, with whom he periodically lived, and had started saying he wanted to commit suicide. They said he had recently been posting images and slogans about guns on social network sites.

The Associated Press is not identifying the father because of the son's age.

Johnson County court documents show the boy's parents had a tense and sometimes angry relationship since the mother filed for divorce in 2000. The father was in arrears on child support payments and at one point since the divorce was ordered to undergo an anger management evaluation.

National statistics show that 250 to 400 adults die at the hands of their children each year, according to Paul Mones, an attorney and author of the book "When a Child Kills."

In the great majority of parricide cases, the perpetrator is a boy and the victim is the father, said Mones, who has offices in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., and has represented hundreds of juveniles accused of serious crimes.

The average age of those accused is 16, and they usually have no or very minor previous criminal records, he said.