March 26, 2008

Father, son found dead in state park - Oregon

Two days after a worried mother flagged down an Oregon State Police officer and reported her son had not returned from a court-ordered visit with his father, the boy was found dead at his father's hands in a state park.... Father, son found dead in state park -

Two months ago, she had obtained a restraining order citing concerns about Stephens’ conduct. But three days after the order was issued, a judge modified it and allowed weekend visitation by Stephens, according to police.... Police: Father Killed Self, Son At State Park - News Story - KPTV Portland

During a Jan. 22 hearing, Davis told Columbia County Judge Steve Reed that Stephens had threatened to kill her..................Despite that, Reed increased the amount of visitation granted to Stephens, allowing alternate weekend visitations. When Davis said she was concerned he might take off with the child, the judge told her the FBI would track him down, the recording revealed.... Oregon father and son, 10, dead in apparent murder-suicide KOMO-TV - Seattle, Washington Local & Regional

I really hope this wakes some people up and keeps this judge up at night, knowing that he made the decision that allowed this child to be killed.

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