Dad May Be Charged for Son’s Murder After He’s Accused of Abusing Infant Daughter

David Curtis PattonFile under: sad, sad, and even sadder. David Curtis Patton served five years in jail for violently abusing his infant son Jared in 2006. Jared lived for several years with severe brain damage, but died in 2009 while his father was in jail. Depressed yet? It gets worse.

Now, Patton has been charged with severely abusing his brand new infant daughter, and Jared's maternal grandparents, Kathy and Steve Stowe, want Patton to finally face murder charges over Jared's death.

Truly awful. But to me, the most mind-boggling part of this story ...

... is that someone went and had a baby with a man who had been jailed for abusing his previous baby so severely that the poor baby eventually DIED. What on earth? It's so hard to wrap your mind around, isn't it? And what was Patton thinking, having another child? After all that heartache and suffering ... honestly I think I could support a forced vasectomy in cases like this.

Does that sound insane? I know, it does. I guess the idea of a parent -- who should be the one person in the world you can count on for love and kindness -- being abusive like that just makes me crazy.

It certainly sounds like it drove Jared's poor grandparents crazy -- they said they lived for years with a hatred of Patton, but when they heard he had a new baby, they tried to move forward. Jared's grandfather Steve Stowe's words break my heart:

It had been on me like a 50-pound weight for six years ... I had to let it go and kind of move on. ... It's a terrible feeling to be hating someone all the time. You get up hating them, and go to bed hating them ... It's a hell of a way to live.

Stowe dropped off a photo of Jared and his baby blanket at Patton's house, and they had a short phone conversation the next day, during which Stowe told Patton he had a chance to start over with his baby girl.

I have so much admiration for the Stowes and their ability to do that -- to try to move on and start over themselves, freeing themselves from all that hatred. But of course, if this new felony charge is true, Patton seems to have thrown away his second chance, starting a new nightmare all over again. No wonder the Stowes want to revisit that murder charge -- after all, if someone's in jail for life for murder, he can't have more innocent babies to abuse.

By all means, this man should be charged with murder. That's not double jeopardy, it's justice. In fact, I feel he should have charged again back in 2009 when baby Jared died. But for some reason, Jared's mom, a key witness, said she would no longer testify against Patton at that point. Why, I have no idea. Maybe she just wanted to put the whole thing behind her?

I hope this man gets the murder trial (and the punishment) he deserves. And my prayers go out to his new little baby daughter, and to Jared's mom and grandparents. I can't imagine anything worse.

Does it seem fair that Patton be tried again for murder?


Image via Hampton Police/Sheriff's Office

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LostS... LostSoul88

The damage he caused that poor baby is what eventually killed him, so YES he should go to prison for murder!

Yvonne Molina

if there were a prison for the criminally insane he should be sentenced to go to one that is not normal what he did

nonmember avatar Vanessasmommy

what condition is the little girl in? you never said if she is okay or in serious condition

tuffy... tuffymama

He looks like a mean POS. Cut it off!

Willa... Willa-wonders

Why is this jack a** not in prison? He must of done time for his son,and he was let out? Are you kidding me? He needs to be thrown in prison and charged with first degree murder and assault for his infant daughter. Sick SOB.

nonmember avatar marie

as he wasnt charges with murder the first time cuz baby hadnt died YES CHARGE HIM WITH MURDER!

Martin McKinney

Not just the man that is at fault. Fix them both. neither deserve to have kids. Any woman that will have another kid or even be with him after that is just as guilty

nonmember avatar Erin H.

If he had beat the crap out of an adult, resulting in the victim living with severe brain damage for years, and then eventually leading to their demise, he would have been prosecuted for murder/manslaughter shortly after the victim died. This should not have been any different in this case cuz the momma didn't wanna be involved anymore; sadly it was dropped. Just another abused, dead baby to chuck aside.

I hope that lil girl at least gets the justice she deserves; karma's waiting on this lowlife's ass in prison!

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