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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 19-year-old is in jail accused of killing his own baby.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested Randy Lee Richardson early this morning and charged him with first degree murder in the death of four-month-old Colton Richardson. Hours later he made his first appearance in front of a judge.

“I can tell you the young man is distraught and upset, as you can imagine any young boy, ’cause he is a boy, he’s 19 years old, would be,” Richardson’s attorney James Payne said.

Although investigators have not released details of how the baby died, they say the incident that led to his death happened May 28. Payne said the child died five days later.

“The child did not die in Shallotte,” Payne said. “The child was life-flighted to, I believe, to Chapel Hill.”

The baby’s great grandfather confirmed that the child was receiving care in Chapel Hill.

Richardson lived with his child’s mother and grandmother in Shallotte. Colton’s grandmother was so upset, she did not want to talk on camera.

“You can imagine the kind of burden it’s going to be, or the kind of distress it would be to any family whose lost a love one, particularly a baby,” Payne said.

Neighbors we spoke with did not personally know Richardson or his son, but they were upset hearing about of the child’s death.

“Oh, it breaks my heart,” neighbor Jeanette Scott said. “I just can’t understand why somebody would take a child’s life, especially that young.”

Richardson is in jail without bond. He’s due back in court July 9.

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2015 years 9 months ago

so since the mother wasn’t there it was OK for the accused to kill the little baby? What difference did that make? I think everyone needs to stop and think about what they are writing. Go to morning star new. The article written posted there said he admitted to it. ” The person who killed my son admitted to it tonight.

2015 years 9 months ago

Why Innocent People Confess to Murder

One night in April 1993, someone slit the throats of Gary Gauger’s elderly parents on their farm near Richmond, Ill. It was bad enough for Gauger to learn of his parents’ violent death, but it turned out that his nightmare was just beginning.

Gauger told police that he was asleep on the property when his parents, Morris, 74, and Ruth, 70, were killed. But the police didn’t buy it, and brought him in for interrogation. After 21 hours of questioning, Gauger broke down and confessed to a crime he did not commit.

Though police had no physical evidence against him, the confession was enough to persuade a jury to convict him of double murder. He was sentenced to death.

Two years later, in an unrelated federal investigation, surveillance tapes captured a member of a motorcycle gang bragging about how he and another gang member had killed the Gaugers. The gang members were later convicted of the murders and other crimes, and Gauger was freed in 1996, after spending three years behind bars.

Every year, thousands of criminals are convicted on the basis of confessions obtained from police interrogations. Experts say law enforcement interrogation techniques are so effective that they can break down the most hardened criminal — and even people who are innocent of the crime they are being accused of. Experts believe there have been hundreds of cases where innocent men succumbed to interrogation and confessed to crimes they did not commit.

“You take someone who is vulnerable, like a grieving family member or someone who isn’t used to being confronted by police,” says Rich Fallin, a former Maryland police officer who specialized in interrogations, “If interrogated long enough, they’ll probably confess.”

Assuming Police Tell the Truth

During his interrogation, Gauger says, he kept denying any involvement with the murders. But he says police told him they had evidence. He mistakenly assumed police would not lie to him, an assumption often made by innocent people undergoing interrogation, according to experts.

“They told me that they had found bloody clothes in my bedroom; they found a bloody knife in my pocket,” says Gauger, who never asked for an attorney, because he felt he had nothing to hide.

At about 1 a.m., he says, the interrogation turned ugly. Police showed him gruesome crime scene photos of his dead parents, sending him into an emotional freefall. The combination of losing his parents and being told by police repeatedly that he was a liar and killer was just too much.

“I was emotionally distraught, looking at these people for help,” he says. “They wouldn’t stop the interrogation. I was exhausted. I gave up.”

Though Gauger had no memory of the crime, he ended up believing what police told him. “I thought I must have done it in a blackout,” he says.

None of what Gauger described surprises Fallin. “They’re kept in an interview room, in a cold interview room, with very little clothing on for hours and hours,” he says, adding that people are often not given anything to drink or allowed to use the bathroom while being interrogated.

The detectives who interrogated Gauger refused to be interviewed by ABCNEWS, but their lawyer in Gauger’s ongoing lawsuit denied that police lied.
“I believe that the circumstances surrounding the interview of Gary Gauger were completely appropriate,” says Jim Sotos, a defense attorney for the police, who is still trying to raise doubts about Gauger’s innocence, even though another man is in jail for the crime.

Psychological Warfare

Allen Chestnet says he also fell victim to “thorough investigation.” In May 1998, the developmentally disabled man, then 16, cut his hand at his home in Maryland. As he was sitting on his front porch, local reporters covering the murder of Chestnet’s neighbor saw him. After noticing blood on his hand, they called state police.

Chestnet, who had no violent history, was picked up and interrogated for hours.

During the interrogation, he says, police seemed to have no doubts about his guilt.

“He was like, ‘I know you did it, so why are you lying to me?,'” says Chestnet. “They had me so upset, I wasn’t thinking right.”

For hours, he says, his interrogators told him he was a killer and said his denials were lies that were only getting him in deeper. He says he was desperate to appease the cops, who offered him an easy way out: by confessing.

Even after authorities determined that his DNA did not match traces found at the crime scene, Chestnet was kept in jail until November 1998, where he says he was stabbed and raped twice by other inmates. Authorities contend they still had reason to suspect his involvement in the murder.

To this day, Chestnet says he’s afraid of the police. He is suing authorities over his arrest and incarceration.

In both the Chestnet and Gauger cases, police initially refused to admit they had coerced a confession from an innocent man, despite evidence clearing the suspect. According to Fallin, this kind of attitude is pervasive among interrogators.

“Some of the detectives are hot shots. Some of them know they’re good, know they can get a confession,” he says. “Nobody tells them what to do or how to do it.”

‘They Wore Me Down’

In Raymond Wood’s case, detectives in Maine had nothing more than suspicion that he had hit his girlfriend with a car and killed her. But police turned up the heat to entice him to confess.

Wood had argued with his girlfriend, Bessie Selek, when he says he got fed up and drove to a store. Bessie, according to witnesses, left home soon after with a blood alcohol level of .28, walking in the opposite direction on a dark, remote road. She was hit by a car and killed.

“You have no idea how much evidence I have, Raymond, do you hear me?,” one of the cops said during the interrogation, which was videotaped.

In fact, witnesses reported seeing a van with a broken headlight speeding from the scene. Wood’s van had two working headlights. Also, a shattered bug shield at the scene didn’t match the van Wood was driving.

Wood repeatedly denied any involvement in his girlfriend’s death, but the police pressure was too much for him. After about six hours in police custody, he gave in.

“They literally, they wore me down. I was going through emotional torture by these people,” he says. “They convinced me that I had to have done it.”

After seeing the videotape, a judge threw out his confession and police dropped all charges 3 but not before Wood spent a year in jail. Police declined to be interviewed, citing an ongoing investigation into Selek’s death. But in a statement, they stood by their detectives.

Wood is free, but says it won’t really be over until there’s an apology from police.

“It would take them down off their God-like pedestal, that [they] can make no mistakes,” says Wood, who would prefer an apology to financial compensation. “It would make them human again.” I believe this may answer your ?S

2015 years 9 months ago

ok listen here. i dont know who you are but my cousin is just standing up for her self, i dont care how you feel about it but you werent there, you dont know what went on. she is hurt by this more then anyone, summer loved that child more then life its self, more then her own life… do you know how much it kills her every day to wake up and not go through the normal everyday process of taking care of colton, spending time with him, loveing him??? that wasnt you that was her and her mama. even when she was sick or needed something she put her needs aside because thats how much she loved him.. she didnt need to , she didnt have to, but she did because he was her life.. she was always with him, and when she wasnt she was talking about him or looking a the thousand of pictures she toke of him… she may have not been his mother but she was the best aunt that any child could have asked for. they treat that beautiful boy like the pince of his own little kingdom… there was no better place in the world for that child then there with them. it breaks my heart to think that hes gone..and it kills her every day. and you know your right randy should have left, maybe colton would still be alive if he had.

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2015 years 9 months ago

First off I would like to say, God Bless that little baby who isn’t with us on earth today. We need to believe he is in a better place than we are. NOW, GUEST007. You’re a right fighter that doesn’t know their boundaries. You talk to be right and when you are not right, you keep talking. Then you start alluding to things that are very sensitive, emotionally charged and a personnel issue that isn’t for public publication. The thing with right fighters, when you have made what you think is a valid point you continue to talk because your insecurity’s doesn’t allow you to concede/move on. You kept talking because you wanted to the identity of Guest005. This is a public blog that anyone can remain anonymous and that includes you guest007 and guest006. Throwing in accusation against the wrong person to reveal ones identity isn’t the right thing to do. I would also think that if you are an employee of this law firm or was at the time the “former employee”, as you referred to them, was terminated, you are pushing the envelope on violating HEPA laws’ considering the “former employee” was out on a medical according to her Mother’s post. I work with an HR department and can assure you that wasn’t cool. I agree with the person that wrote “this is a public blog”. No one is right and no one wrong so stop fighting to be RIGHT.

2015 years 9 months ago

this is summer elkins coltons aunt i lived in that house with randy mybmom and colton yes brandy did leave but itleast she was woman enough to admit that she was not ready for tye mother life but nomatter what she did she loves colton tha was her baby nomatter what she was his mother and if any of yall are a mother than yall shall know. yes i know no one doesnt want to believe that randy did it but guess what he admitted to it all yall commenting stuff when no one knows anything. when precious colton was in chaple hill and the detectives were assuming it was him me and my mom stood by randy. randys family knows i told them. yes randy did sign the birth certificate but honestly he was not eith colton like people thought tulhe only time he took care of colton was when he got off of work and me and mama were sleeping colton would wake up thats the only time me and my mom took care of colton evrryday even when randy was there i still took care of colton. but brandy noo!! she would never hurt him randy was mad and he wanted to sleep thats why he did it. and even though he is family to yall well yall should be ashamed of him he admitted it do yall not understand that if yall dont know what admitted means buy a dictionary im tired of seeing all this free weasel and we know you didnt do it think about it he didnt admit this for someone else this is a murder charge no one would take up for someone with murder…yall are crazy my family is the victims we lost something precious and its not bc god took him its bc a man did this and yall wont him free so what hes your family what he did was unacceptible and i dont understand how yall want him free colton couldnt tell us he was being hurt no one knew but like my mother days you never really know someone and that is completely true cause you dont. shoot my daddy sittin up in jail now about to go to prison but im not out here saying free him he made a crime and tyere is consequences for everyything you do yes it may be family but still lessons need to be learned and randy is guna pay there will be justice for colton tillman if yall dont like it im sorry but he did wrong rather yall believe it or not he is a monster and a murderer coltin was perfect he was an innocent baby go look at pictures of colton and then tell us you want randy the sick man free


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