Father Charged in Murder

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Thursday, December 07 2006 Dec 7, 2006 Thursday, December 07, 2006 11:07:56 AM CST December 07, 2006 in News
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KENNETT, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri Bootheel man faces second-degree murder charges in the death of his four-month-old son. Eric "Rat" Hooper of Kennett was arrested Saturday and arraigned Tuesday. His next court appearance is scheduled for January ninth. He is jailed on $250,000 bond. Police received an emergency call Saturday from the infant's paternal grandmother, who said the child, David Lee Tyler Mitchell, was not responsive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hopper allegedly admitted to investigators that he pushed his son against a "hard, wooden surface," and dropped the child headfirst onto the kitchen floor.

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