It’s only the first week of the new year, and I’m already handing out awards.
In what has to go down as one of the most horrific and stomach turning stories to be circulated, Danny Platt of New Orleans, Louisiana recently killed his two-year son to avoid paying child support:
Danny Platt said he was under a lot of pressure. He apparently owed his estranged wife $4,000 in back child support.
But there were no signs of stress when the 22-year-old father, accused of killing his 2-year-old son over the child support debt, went to pick up his little boy for a weekend visit, his mother said Sunday.
Police said Platt made up an elaborate story about his son being kidnapped by three men armed with AK-47 rifles late Friday night. Platt eventually confessed to the killing, telling authorities he “would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support,” Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Saturday.
Later, he led police to the boy’s body. He has been booked on a charged of first-degree murder.
Peering inside my head, you will see that I am not an advocate for the death penalty. But I am not at all opposed to making this man’s life miserable for as long as he lives. At the very least, throw this clown in the general population and let the house folks have at him. At best, allow him to live in isolation; living on a steady diet of darkness, dog urine, and raw pig hearts.
As a person without children, I can’t entirely speak to the issue of fatherhood. But I can imagine that nothing about being a father – especially something as cursory as owning up to responsibility through child support – could be so overbearing that I’d feel compelled to murder my young children. Perhaps Platt has mental problems and is in need of psychiatric help. But insanity is becoming too easy of a defense to mount to excuse irreprehensible behavior. This dude needs to pay for his crime. Plain and simple.
I pray that the family of young Ja’Shawn Powell finds peace in this chaos.