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Monday, May 7, 2012

Father Kills 6-Month-Old Son And Puts Body In Refrigerator


The body of a 6-month-old baby was found
in a refrigerator Wednesday, and the child’s
father was taken into custody.
Police were called to an apartment in the
7100 block of Beechnut around 7:40 a.m.
Wednesday by the father, who said he was
suicidal.
Paramedics had to kick in the door of the
unit when they arrived and found the
father inside with several self-inflicted
injuries, police said.
Once HPD arrived, investigators said the
father told them his son had stopped
breathing sometime Tuesday, and around 6
p.m., he’d put the body in the fridge.
Officers recovered 6-month-old Joseph
Elijah Mouton’s body from the refrigerator
and sent it to the Harris County Institute of
Forensic Sciences for autopsy.
The father was taken to Ben Taub in police
custody. Investigators said as of
Wednesday afternoon, charges had not
been filed.
Neighbors said the baby’s parents had
recently split up, and that the father was
taking care of the child alone.
“I have very low regard for anyone who
hurts anybody, whether it’s a child or not.
There are other ways to handle situations,”
neighbor Joseph York said.
Still, one neighbor said she never saw any
signs of trouble in the home.
“No sense of any harm, no sense of danger
to that child. A very happy baby, a happy
father, and that’s all I saw – happiness,”
neighbor Martha Williams said.

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