|Authorities have arrested a man they say threw an infant from a car along I-275 Tuesday morning. The 3-month-old boy died.
21-year-old Richard McTear Jr. was apprehended around 9 a.m. at 3803 Arlington Drive in Tampa, Florida
Jason Bird, an off-duty news photographer for WTVT-TV, found the child, identified as Emanuel Murray, in the southbound emergency lane near Fowler Avenue around 4:30 a.m.
“On the side of the road, I saw something out of the corner of my eye and at first I thought it was a baby doll, and then as I was thinking about it more I thought that was awfully big for a doll,” Bird said.
“It was laying there with its eyes open,” he said. “I couldn't look at it. It freaked me out, but fortunately law enforcement came right away.”
|About 45 minutes earlier, deputies were called to a home at 12414 North 15th Street for a report of domestic violence at the Marbella Apartments.
The caller, Jasmine Bedwell, said that she and McTear were fighting and that she and her 3-month-old son had been beaten. Bedwell told the operator the man picked up the baby and threw him on the concrete.
She said he then picked up the child and took off in a blue 4-door Chevrolet Impala.
When ABC Action News reporter Dustin Chase asked how he could throw a baby out the window, McTear responded “It's a dirty game.”
This is such a heart touching and tear dropping story. I just can't understand how cruel some people can be.
When asked how the death penalty sounds, McTear responded, “It sounds crazy, tell my girl Jazmine I love her.” showing absolutely no remorse at all.