Thursday, September 17, 2015

Joint custody dad on trial for manslaughter in death of 6-year-old daughter (Syracuse, New York)

Left out of this account is that the father had a criminal record, and that the protective mother had tried to curb his access to protect the children. Of course the family court system thwarted her wishes in favor of Fathers Rights.

Dad is identified as GLENN COLLINS JR.

See the Killer Dads and Custody list for New York.

Prosecution: Child Died After North Syracuse Father Ignored Risk of Generator

By Alexa Green
Updated Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 06:08 PM EDT

Opening Statements Begin Tuesday in Trial of Man Accused of Leaving Kids to Gamble
09/14/2015 05:36 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Both sides laid out their case Tuesday in the Glenn Collins Jr. manslaughter trial.

The North Syracuse man is accused of using a poorly ventilated generator that led to the death of his 6-year-old daughter.

During opening statements, the prosecution pointed out Collins had a background in hearing and cooling equipment.

In fact, according to prosecutors, Collins had worked as a contractor in the past for a HVAC business for more than 10 years.

Despite that, they argued, he ignored the risk and used a generator in his home without proper ventilation, which led to the death of his 6-year-old daughter from carbon monoxide poisoning.

His teenage son was also hospitalized, but survived.

Following opening arguments, six witnesses took the stand, many of whom were sheriff deputies, who were the first to arrive on scene.

Some of the most emotional testimony of the day was from Gabrielle's mother, Julianne Steinbrecher.

A few days after her daughter's death Steinbrecher testified she received a text message from Collins stating that he was home all night.

Prosecutors, though, insist Collins left the children at home while he went on a date to Turning Stone casino.

During cross examination, the defense questioned whether Steinbrecher had followed the most recent family court order.

She also testified Collins had monitored the home for CO2 before the incident, finding the levels to be safe.

In total, 26 witnesses are expected to take the stand.

Testimony will continue Wednesday.