Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Christopher Fitzpatrick, 20, 'smashed his newborn daughter's skull with a cinder block because he couldn't afford another baby' - 14th June 2011

A father allegedly killed his baby daughter with a cinder block just hours after she was born - because he and the little girl's mother couldn't afford to have another child.

Christopher Fitzpatrick, 20, allegedly told his girlfriend, Jennifer Barrise, 'I just want to get rid of it' as she started having contractions while they were out shopping near their home in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania.

Both have now been charged with criminal homicide after police found their daughter's tiny body buried in woodland near Fitzpatrick's workplace.

Barrise, 28, already has five little boys, all aged under nine. The youngest, Christopher - her first child with Fitzpatrick - was born just a year ago in Franklin, New Jersey, where the couple used to live.

Now the couple are both being held at Wayne County Jail on murder charges. Police claim Barrise knew Fitzpatrick planned to kill their baby.

According to an arrest affidavit both have admitted the charges.

The alleged killing happened on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, just hours after Barrise went into labour when the couple were at a grocery store with Fitzpatrick's 11-year-old sister.

According to police, as her contractions began the 20-year-old yelled at his girlfriend: 'Have this (expletive) baby. I just want to get rid of it. I gotta do what I gotta do.'

She said: 'What do you want to do, kill it?', but Fitzpatrick didn't reply. Their car wouldn't start, but as they waited for help he allegedly said: 'hurry up and have this baby, I want to get rid of it.'

Barrise again asked if he was going to kill the baby, but he stayed silent, police say.

When Barrise had the baby, the little girl landed on the floor - and neither of her parents touched her as she lay crying, the affidavit claims.

According to police, Fitzpatrick drove his girlfriend, daughter and sister back to their home, but later picked up the baby and drove to M n D Lawn Care, where he worked.

There he allegedly picked up a cinder block and dropped it twice on his daughter's head, smashing her skull.

Then he buried her tiny body beneath the concrete block and drove home. Read More