I'm saddened to read of a father who shot dead his own son after the boy confessed to sexually molesting his three-year-old sister.
Jamar Pinkney allegedly beat up 15-year-old Jamar Jr then marched him to wasteland, where he forced him to strip and kneel.
The teenager's mother, Lazette Cherry, told how he begged, 'No, Daddy! No' before Jamar Sr shot his son once in the head.
Cherry told reporters that Pinkney turned up at her home in Highland Park, Michigan, with a gun after she told him of his son's confession.
'I called and told his father this isn't something you sweep under the rug,' Cherry said.
'He started beating him right here,' Cherry added. 'I said, "No, please stop!"
But the father marched Jamar, a pupil at King High School, outside.
'He got on his knees and begged, ‘No, Daddy! No!’ and he pulled the trigger,' Cherry said. 'There wasn’t nothing that my son wouldn’t do for his father.
'He loved his father so much.'
Pinkney has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, three counts of felonious assault and one count of felony firearm.
He stood stoically in a Highland Park courtroom as Judge Brigette Officer ordered him back to jail without bail.
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If something were to happen that would cause a reasonable person to lose control of himself, that is something the prosecution would have to take into account.'
Highland Park police investigators said Pinkney had reacted with rage when he attacked his son.
Cherry said the three-year-old's mother took the girl to a hospital to be examined. She said her son claimed that he didn't rape the little girl and kept his clothes on.
The exam showed no physical evidence of sexual trauma, Cherry said.
'He told because he knew it wasn't right,' she said.
There's more at the link.
It's a horrible situation all round. What the boy admitted to doing was inexcusable and demanded severe punishment, sure enough . . . but for a father to execute his own son for such an admission? I can understand the father's anger, but even so, that's adding evil to evil.
All I can say is, if I were in the father's shoes, I don't know what I'd do. What would you do? Are there any easy answers in such a tragic situation?