It takes two to make a kid, at least physically anyways, and that somewhat implies that some responsibility should be taken by both parties.
While in today’s world many kids are raised by only a single parent there is hope that the other parent is at least somewhat involved. Sadly this isn’t always the case, but rarely are the results so extreme….
People aren’t seahorses, in fact only seahorses are actually seahorses, but seahorses are some of the only species on the planet that have the male carry the offspring until birth. Simply put women have a massive responsibly to the child after conception that men do not.
If a man so chooses, which is sadly the case sometimes, after having a child he can easily leave making life hard for a single parent. Not only is raising a kid difficult, and one of the most challenging things to do in life but it is also expensive.
It is reported that between the ages of 0 and 18 raising a child is roughly $250000, which for most people isn’t a number to ignore. To put that into perspective, that is the rough equivalent of a fulltime salary for 4-5 solid years in the middle-income bracket.
Primary Care Giver
As a result, often times the parent who is not the primary care giver is ordered by the courts to give a set amount of money to the other parent to assist in the costs. This of course varies depending on how much each parent makes but it’s generally a significant amount.
Living With Mom
Chloe Davis-Green was a bright eyed two-year-old girl who loved to play and do all sorts of things that a two-year-old would do. Like many of us she was growing up in a one-parent household living with only her mom.
Her dad, Daron Boswell-Johnson, originally hadn’t been aware that he even had a daughter. Her mother. NeShante, had been raising the girl by herself until she realized that she needed some kind of help
Also A Teacher
Davis was an elementary school teacher, which amazingly, remains a deeply underpaid profession for the work they do. As such the help that Davis really needed wasn’t time or energy, but some type of financial support.
The courts decided pretty quickly that Daron needed to pay $600 to DeShante to help in raising Chloe. He already wasn’t around, it was the least he could do. For him though, the bare minimum was already asking to much.
Phone records show that he was apparently dissatisfied in what the courts ruled. In late 2015 he began doing research into how he could stop paying child support, and in early 2016 asked himself: what if I just don’t pay my child support?
Not Paying Up
Due to his delinquency and reports from his child’s mother, the court learnt that Daron had not been paying and began garnishing the amount out of his monthly check to make sure that his child got the money she needed.
A few weeks later both the child and the mother were found dead. How did something like paying child support end in a double murder? How could a man take the life of his child and her mother over $600?
These questions became the job of Prince George County detectives to start unraveling. The detectives immediately arrested Daron on double murder charges as he was the only likely suspect in the entire case having the only close connection to the victims.
In the early hours of Feb 2nd, Chloe and her mother NeShante were shot dead outside of their townhouse home in their car. Her mother was shot in the back and two rounds pierced his daughter’s car seat leaving her wounded and bleeding. Daron left the scene, leaving his daughter to die
When confronted by the police Daron had originally said that he was sleeping at the time of the murder and therefore could not have been the killer. Police quickly blew that story apart by showing Daron a video of him leaving his complex in his SUV and driving to his daughters. His story quickly changed to say that he was seeing her off to school.
Police eventually got a confession out of Daron, which they then presented to the jury at his trial. According to his statements, after his denials, he drove to the neighborhood, parked his car down the street, and waited on the stoop of a nearby house
Murder then Work
When he saw NaShante leave her house for work he walked over to her saying that he wanted to talk about the child support. When she refused he pulled a gun and fired. Leaving the scene, he drove off and went to work at a nearby glass shop.
Curiously enough no gun or DNA was ever found linking Daron to the crime scene. Even after his confession the weapon that was apparently used to commit the murder could never be located which would provide the hard evidence needed.
Not a Monster
Daron eventually admitted to lying to police but he said that he already told on himself, it is all over now. He even wrote to him mom saying that he wasn’t the monster that they have made him out to be, and that he was sorry.
As such his lawyers have been arguing that the confession was coerced and was likely made up just so he could be let out of where the police had him as they tried to make him talk. Two hours of video were provided showing that he was locked in a small room until he said what they wanted. The lawyer is seeking an appeal though this isn’t the first case like this, and with precedence it will he harder to sort out.
Value of Life
What is the value of life, can this even be measured in terms of money? Likely not, and this case will be sitting in the appeals court for some time. No matter how this is looked at, everything about this is a tragedy, and the courts will be left to give us answers.