Milwaukee Father Suspected of Drowning 3-Month-Old Son After Argument

A witness, Robert Amstadt, began a memorial on the shoreline near where the infant drowned.A 25-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of drowning his three-month-old son in a retention pond Saturday night. July 31, 2016 at  9200 N. 75th St., Milwaukee. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Caravana, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
A witness, Robert Amstadt, began a memorial on the shoreline near where the infant drowned.A 25-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of drowning his three-month-old son in a retention pond Saturday night. July 31, 2016 at 9200 N. 75th St., Milwaukee. (PHOTO CREDIT: Sam Caravana, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A Milwaukee man said he witnessed “the most evil thing I’ve seen” from his apartment window Saturday when a young father holding his crying infant son walked into a pond and sat down so the water was up to his chest and the baby could not be seen.

“That baby cried all the way out into the water,” said Robert Amstadt. “Then the crying stopped.” The 25-year-old suspect “didn’t try to hold the baby up” out of the water, he said. Another man had followed him into the pond.

“He was pleading, ‘Let the baby go, give me the baby,’ ” Amstadt said, describing the second man’s attempt to save the infant.

Amstadt said he was talking to a police dispatcher Saturday evening when the suspect jogged away from a crowd of relatives and other people and went into the water.

The suspect, a Milwaukee man, is in custody on a pending homicide charge, accused of drowning his 3-month-old son in the northwest side storm-water pond after an argument with the child’s mother, Milwaukee police said Sunday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is not identifying the suspect because he has not yet been criminally charged.

A man with the same name and date of birth had been the subject of a domestic violence restraining order petition filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in April 2015. But the suspect was not properly served, and the court denied the restraining order and dismissed the case.

It was not clear Sunday whether the petitioner who sought the restraining order was the mother of the child.

According to police, the child’s parents were arguing Saturday when the father grabbed the infant, went to the pond and walked in.

A witness followed the man but was unable to retrieve the child, police said.

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SOURCE: USA Today; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Don Behm and Maggie Angst