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The father of a missing New Orleans boy led investigators to his son's body Saturday and admitted killing the boy to avoid paying child support, police said. Danny Platt, 22, has been charged with first degree murder in the death of his son, Ja'Shawn Powell, aged 2.
“There was an issue, believe it or not, with him (Danny Platt) recently being ordered to pay child support, and he had made some comments that he would he kill either the wife or the child before he paid child support,” said Superintendent Warren Riley at a press conference. “He was recently ordered to pay child support. Our understanding is he, for the first time in two years, picked up his son, who he had visitation rights for.”
The child had been reported missing late Friday night by his father, Danny Platt, 22, police said.
Platt told investigators that he and his son were standing at the corner of Jackson Avenue and Brainard Street around 11:30 p.m. Friday when three men forced him to the ground at gunpoint, took his son and fled in a dark, 2000-model Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon, Officer Janssen Valencia said in a news release issued mid-morning Saturday.
The mother, however, doubted the story from Ja Shawn's father. "We went through child support court on December 4," said Daniella Powell, mother of Ja Shawn. She said Platt had never picked up the child before, but suddently Friday evening, he called, saying he wanted Ja'Shawn to spend the weekend with him. She had to comply because he had visitation rights.
“I’m sorry about killing my baby,” said Platt to a mass of reporters and flash bulbs as he was led by detectives. “And I’m sorry for the family that I caused trouble with.
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Father Admits to Killing Son over Child Support
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