Dad Allegedly Slashes Son's Throat To Avoid Paying Child Support

Dad Allegedly Slashes Son's Throat To Avoid Paying Child Support

Published January 5, 2009

A 22-year-old New Orleans man is accused of killing his toddler son because he was ordered to pay child support, the Associated Press reports.

Danny Platt, who initially told police that men with guns had snatched his 2 ½ -year-old son, not only confessed but told investigators where to find the child’s body, according to Police Superintendent Warren Riley.

"He had said he would kill either his wife or his child before he paid child support," which he recently had been ordered to do, Riley said.

Even though Platt had visiting rights, Riley said, he never visited little Ja’ Shawn Powell until Friday, the day he picked up the boy. Police said that they did not know the amount of the child support and that the official cause of death would be revealed after the autopsy was complete.

"The mother is in a safe place," Riley said.

On Saturday, police put out a bulletin seeking three men with dreadlocks and AK-47 rifles, whom Platt said poured out of an SUV around midnight Friday and spirited his son away.

"His story never really added up," Riley said. "He was a suspect from the very beginning. …"How does an individual — because he's ordered to pay child support to take care of a kid ... believe that this is so much pressure that he would face — he would do this hideous act to his own child, or to any child, and think that is a remedy to paying child support? I mean there are some sick individuals in this society, and this gentleman is clearly one." 

Written by From Staff & Wire Services

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