Gary DeToma, Sr., 41, was arrested and charged with murder in the death of his 5-year-old son.
He skipped work to take his two boys to the park. He took them on trips to see their grandparents. And on Sunday night, neighbors saw him outside their Decatur apartment, as usual, watching over the boys as they rode their bikes.
But by Monday morning, something had gone terribly wrong. Police were pounding on the door of DeToma's apartment, and he wouldn't let them in. Later in the day, a co-worker peered into a window and saw DeToma's 5-year-old, Gary Jr., sprawled on a bed. The boy later was pronounced dead.
Gary DeToma made an initial court appearance late Tuesday afternoon to face charges of murder and aggravated assault. Police told WSB-TV that DeToma may have tried to strangle his other child, Will, 4.
The father said nothing during the brief hearing in Decatur Municipal Court. He shuffled in with his ankles and wrists in locks and his feet clad in peach-colored sandals, then sat quietly as a sudden squall slapped raindrops against the windows. He was sent back to the county jail after a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 12.
Police offered no motive, but the dead boy's parents were going through a divorce. Blue Spruell, the divorce attorney for the mother, said the dead child had marks on his neck and ruptured blood vessels in his eyes. He said he suspects it was DeToma's way of getting back at the boys' mother.
“It was not a good divorce,” Spruell said, adding that Gary DeToma wanted full custody of the children.
“He was a controlling personality,” Spruell said. “It was a six-year marriage. They had two things to be thankful for from that marriage, and he’s taken one of them.”
Another selfish asshole who just had to punish his wife because she dared to stand up to him and leave him. And if it meant using his own flesh and blood,too bad.
I say this lynch this guy. Then he can get a taste of what his son went through.