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Father throws toddler off bridge

2012-02-04 22:08

Rome - A report on Saturday said an Italian man threw his 16-month-old son off a bridge into a river in Rome in a fit of rage following a row with his partner over custody.

The man, 26, admitted to police that he had thrown his son into the freezing waters of the Tevere river after arguing with the infant's mother.

He was caught in the act by a passing prison officer, who said the father had been overwrought and yelled out before throwing the child over the edge.

The man, who is unemployed and has a criminal record for drug dealing, tried to flee, but was detained shortly afterwards by police, the report said.

Divers from the fire brigade searched the river for the child, but their efforts were hampered by strong currents and poor weather conditions.

Comments
  • berthram - 2012-02-05 00:31

    Obviously this man should NEVER be granted even part-custody of ANYTHING ever... Wonder if the baby then died, cuz they never said he/she did...

      customdesign - 2012-02-05 15:11

      an 18 month baby in freezing water after being thrown off a bridge- I dont think it could have survived

  • Durbanite88 - 2012-02-05 06:43

    Yerr where is this flipping coward? This man desrves to be thrown in bridge as well? Bring him over here so that I can moer him. Sies, surely the toddler did not survive the freezing water, poor soul.

  • petrakzn - 2012-02-05 07:15

    He should be tried for child abuse and the murder verdict????death in the same manner...throw him into the same river at the same spot in the same manner. JUSTICE for the child!!!!ZERO TOLERANCE.

  • Luyolo Stengile - 2012-02-05 07:15

    I wish this happened in SA, just to hear the race commments! Anyway, I would sommer 'gooi' him overboard had I caught him, and say nothing

      Jennifer - 2012-02-05 09:11

      what an ungly thing to say Luyolo

      Luyolo Stengile - 2012-02-05 10:17

      Jen, in no way do I wish a toddler to be thrown anywhere! All I am saying is: if someone receives a klap in Constantia: racist whites donnering poor blacks, if same happens in Milano or Firenze: OKn you see?

      Jennifer - 2012-02-05 12:17

      It is awful to make this into a race thing, you are doing exactly the thing you hate...

  • petrakzn - 2012-02-05 07:19

    He should be tried for child abuse and murder and the verdict????

  • Paul Boakye - 2012-02-05 07:40

    Precisely why the mother didn't want to give the fool father custody. Bring back hanging.

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