Thursday, July 06, 2006


Minneapolis murder #33 did not involve Uptown visitors, Block E patrons, or even a street thug skirmish. This was even worse.

KARE 11 News reports: "Father arrested in the death of his child".

The 33rd murder in Minneapolis took place on July 4th on Pleasant Avenue south. The victim was just four-months old and the residence just two miles away from the Crisis Nursery.

Police were called to a home in the 2500 block of Pleasant Avenue South early on July fourth. They found the baby unresponsive and not breathing. The baby's 20-year-old father had been caring for the infant and admitted to covering the baby with a blanket.

"The baby was apparently crying, dad become upset and irritated that the child wouldn't stop crying and essentially covered the baby up, smothering him and not allowing him to breath," said Minneapolis Police Captain Rich Stanek.

Stanek said the father first placed what was described as a receiving blanket over the child then laid a comforter over the boys head. The father left the room for some two hours returning only after the child's mother, his fiancé, returned home from work. The couple have four other small children.
There's not much to say about this one, except God have mercy.

This father was on his 5th child and he's only 20 years old - children having children. Where were the parental role models?