A police officer allegedly murdered an aspiring sheriff's deputy and left their baby to die in a hot car to avoid paying child support. The officer's double murder trial began recently in Prince George County, and the officer faces two counts of first degree murder for allegedly killing his 20-year-old girlfriend and their 1-year-old daughter in 2011. The mother and the child went missing a day before the cop was scheduled for a child-support hearing in a paternity suit involving their 1-year-old daughter.
The former cop's girlfriend was found fatally shot in a wooded area near a park bench where she had gone to meet the cop the night before the paternity hearing was scheduled. The baby's body was found in her mother's car nearby with the windows rolled up and the doors closed. However, the former cop's attorney claims that the case is based on circumstantial evidence, which does not prove that the cop is guilty of the murders. The cop's attorney cross-examined an evidence technician about some items which were photographed, but had not been collected from the crime scene. The cop has been suspended without pay from the Metropolitan Police Department. If convicted, he faces life in prison.
It is shocking to think that a father could take such extreme measures to avoid child support payments. Child support payments are necessary to take care of the everyday expenses of the child, including health care and medical expenses. Child support also offers financial stability to the custodial parent. Supporting the needs of the child is the primary responsibility of parents, and child support payments are a means to shoulder that responsibility. Parents who fall behind in making child support payments can be punished by law. Children need the support of both the parents for a healthy upbringing. If a parent doesn't pay child support, it may indicate that the parent is trying to avoid responsibility for their own child.
Source: The Washington Times, "Prosecutor: D.C. cop killed woman, baby to avoid child support," Andrea Noble, Jan. 14, 2013