I first heard about this case on the radio early this morning at work. So of course I had to google it. I nearly blew a fuse after reading about the death of 3 month old Emanuel Wesley Murray.
Early Tuesday morning twenty one year old Richard Anthony McTear, Jr. beat his seventeen year old ex-girlfriend, Jasmine Bedwell, threw Emanuel on the concrete floor of her apartment, kidnapped Emanuel and threw him out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder of southbound Interstate 275 in Tampa, FL. Richard McTear has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, felony battery and burglary with battery. He needs to burn in hell too. How in the hell can you throw an innocent baby out the window?
The mother of a 3-month-old thrown from a car onto the side of Interstate 275 early Tuesday morning had been frightened for months of the man charged today with murdering the boy.
Jasmine Bedwell, 17, started dating Richard Anthony McTear Jr. about 10 months ago, when she was pregnant with the child of another man, a man in prison.
From the beginning, McTear did not warm up to the boy, said the infant’s great aunt Roberta Thomas. Bedwell told Thomas she was frightened of McTear and feared for her boy’s safety.
“She was always scared of him,” Thomas said. “He didn’t care for the child.”
Last month, Bedwell sought an injunction against McTear for domestic violence. She didn’t appear in court Monday, and the case was dropped. Thomas was trying to help Bedwell navigate that legal system to keep her and her son Emanuel Wesley Murray safe, she said.
But before any of that happened, Bedwell’s fears came true.
Early Tuesday, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies say, McTear battered Bedwell and threw Emanuel on concrete, kidnapped the infant and threw him out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder of southbound Interstate 275, just south of Fowler Avenue.
Thousand of people drove by the crime scene that snarled the morning commute.
McTear was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, felony battery and burglary with battery. It was the second time this week that an infant was killed. Sunday night, deputies say a Lakeland man killed his wife, two of his sons, aged 8 and almost 5 months, before turning the rifle on himself. A 13-year-old son managed to escape to a neighbor’s house.
Sometime early Tuesday morning, Bedwell, who had been out, returned to her apartment with her baby, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
There, she found McTear. He had broken in, said HCSO spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
According to a report:
When Bedwell closed the door, McTear began to beat her with his fists. He choked her, leaving abrasions on her neck. He bit her on the right arm and shoulder.
Then he threatened her and the baby. “I’m gonna kill the both of ya’ll,” he said.
Emanuel was in a car seat. McTear picked it up and threw it across the apartment.
He picked it up and threw it again. Emanuel fell out, onto the concrete floor.
Bedwell then ran out of the apartment, leaving her baby behind, to call for help. Deputies received a call from her shortly after 3 a.m.
When she left, McTear grabbed the child, put him in his Chevrolet Impala and drove off, eventually heading southbound on I275, where he tossed the baby out of the driver’s side window onto the shoulder.
Apparently McTear has a rap sheet a mile long. And according to the Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich:
the case might involve the death penalty.
He’s right, the case should involve the death penalty. This monster should be thrown off the tallest building you can find. Let him get a taste of this own medicine.
Heinrich recounted McTear’s criminal history, which police said includes dozens of arrests, several of which accuse McTear of domestic violence.
McTear’s criminal history includes dozens of arrests, several of which involved domestic violence, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. His first arrest on domestic violence charges came when he was 14, Davis said. Details on that case are unavailable because he was a juvenile.
In 2007, McTear avoided prosecution on felony criminal domestic battery by strangulation charges when the victim waived prosecution. That case didn’t involve Bedwell. In that incident, police said, he beat his girlfriend up, stole her car with their 3-year-old child in the back seat, gave the child back and burned the car.
McTear should have been in jail a long time ago.
I hate to criticize the mother cause she’s going through hell right now but what is it with young women like Jasmine Bedwell who continue to hook up with men like McTear? Her home life growing up wasn’t the greatest but is she only attracted to thugs?
Bedwell had been a child of abuse, said Jeff Rainey, chief operating officer of Hillsborough Kids Inc., the umbrella agency that oversees the county’s child services providers. He said Bedwell came into his system “through abuse and neglect by her caretaker.”
She has several prior arrests for battery, including a June 2008 arrests in Pasco County. She was a juvenile, and details on those arrests weren’t immediately available.
She has been with Hillsborough Kids for about three years and is receiving independent living service, which helps teenagers transition out of foster care and into adulthood. Now, she will be offered grief and crisis counseling, Rainey said.
She was doing well through the program, Rainey said.
Jasmine started dating McTear 10 months ago while she was pregnant with Emanuel. The father of her child is in prison right now.
The child’s father, also named Emanuel Wesley Murray, is in a Florida prison. His release date is slated for July 5, 2011. He is serving a three-year sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal weapon, Plessinger said.
Murray would not be eligible for a furlough to attend his child’s funeral because his custody level is too high, but he could ask for local law enforcement to take him, Plessinger said.
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