Thursday, May 22, 2008

Parents Arrested In Child's Grisly Death


Full story and both MySpace profiles:

Two parents have been arrested in connection with the death of their 4-month-old son, who police said looked as gaunt as a Holocaust victim.

The parents, Katherine Hatten, 22, and Thaddeus Adam Bechtel, 29, were arrested Wednesday night and booked into jail, Phoenix police Sgt. Joel Tranter said.

Police found 4-month-old Daniel Bechtel dead in a child's swing inside a west Phoenix apartment after responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive child Tuesday morning.

Tranter said Daniel weighed just four pounds. He compared the way the boy looked to a Holocaust victim, gaunt and with bones jutting out of his skin, calling it one of the most severe cases of child neglect in recent Phoenix history.

"This child didn't die quickly," he said. "Obviously this condition didn't happen overnight. This child had not been fed or cared for very much at all in its very short life, and it took some time for this child to die."

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