My heart hurts to read this story. I wonder why adoption was not in the cards for this child? It seems that we're seeing evil increase around us everyday. We've quit trying to teach responsibility and instead we fight for the ignorance we so lazily enjoy. First and foremost we need to teach the truth: If you aren't ready to be a parent, you have to keep your pants on. There will be no "mistakes" in that case. When there is an unintentional pregnancy, we need to begin adoption education as a very positive, viable option. I will keep my thoughts and comments on the reproductive parties in this story to myself; by my heart breaks for this newborn. She deserved better. She deserved to live. She deserved to be loved.
Melissa, I do believe that he is mentally unstable; only someone fitting that bill could do something like this. That being said, he tried to kill his infant son. Again, he tried to murder a baby. He has admitted that he attempted to take life from a 3 month old. I understand that it's hard to be objective when you have a relationship with a person, but this is not a lack of compassion. I do hope he finds help and that his family can find some kind of peace after this, but he absolutely belongs in a prison. I actually can't think of many things that would qualify you more for that distinction.
XGSBoss, while I agree that patriot1's political statement was misplaced here, you just belittled yourself and this situation even further by saying he was less intelligent that this attempted infant murderer because of his comment. Please people, pay attention to what you're saying before you post your comments. Anonymity does't cover up ignorance and idiocy.
I hope this baby boy survives and learns what it is to be loved by a father (and is allowed to forget the person who fertilized his mother). Dakota, you were not a man or a father. We know by your actions that you were a self-centered child. You disgust me as a father, a man and a human.
I try to be a man of compassion. I try to be a man of understanding. This story goes beyond any human capacity for either. I hope this irresponsible, useless child never gets to walk outside of a prison for the rest of his life. Being the father of an infant son myself, I know that frustration comes from lack of sleep and the sharp learning curve of fatherhood, but you understand that your child is a blessing and they are learning how to live in this world and you look on them with a love you cannot explain. I will not refer to this child as a man or a father. If he fit either discription, he never would have considered trying to smother his own son. Hopefully, now he will become the reason we spend taxpayer money on prison cells; to house people who are unfit to live outside their walls. I hope this baby boy survives and learns what it is to be loved by a father and is allowed to forget the person who fertilized his mother.
I'm curious about the extent of his injuries. What are the two tubes coming out of the bottom of his head?
For those waiting for an update on this item. I've read on the Chattanoogan and heard on 102.3 that Mrs. Matthew has a prior Manslaughter conviction as a result of an attempted home robbery. As she was robbing the home with an accomplice, the homeowner came home and she killed him in a gun battle. The family is facing federal charges resulting from harboring Jesse in Chattanooga after his escape from the halfway house in Colorado as well as the storing and transportation of 16 firearms stolen from a Colorado pawn shop. Some of the weapons used by Jesse Matthews came from this cache. Over the course of your one month in Chattanooga, Matthews family, you have very much made your presence known and despised. I, for one, hope to never hear of the criminal members of this family again. To those in this family who are law-abiding citizens, I'm sorry that you are having to deal with these people. Rest in peace Sgt. Chapin. You will not be forgotten.
To the obliviously self-focused commenters of this story: HOW DARE YOU read a story about a slain officer and decide that this is the forum on which to vent your racial and political frustration! Should this man have been walking the streets? NO! On that point you are correct, but your self-serving arguments of racial and political bias are misplaced at best and down-right disrespectful. While there is a time and place for those discussions, this is not it. This city is mourning the death of a police officer; race and party would not play into that. If you cannot grasp a concept that basic, I hope your opinions here are swiftly disregarded.