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UPDATE: No bond for suspect accused of throwing baby from car

8:56 AM, May 6, 2009   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - A judge has ordered the man accused of kidnapping a baby boy and throwing him from a car window on Interstate 275 to be held without bond on Wednesday morning.

Richard McTear, Jr. faces potential charges of burglary with a battery, felony battery, aggravated child abuse, kidnapping, and first degree murder.

McTear and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic violence altercation in the nearby Marbella Apartments at around 3:15 Tuesday morning, deputies said.

The woman told deputies that during that altercation, McTear took her infant son and threw him down onto the concrete. After that, McTear took the boy - three-month old Emanuel Wesley Murray - and drove off in his car.

Around an hour later, a photojournalist on his way to work spotted the baby's body along the side of Interstate 275.

Jason Bird, a photojournalist for Fox 13, said he was heading into work an hour earlier than usual when he noticed what he thought was just trash or debris in the road's shoulder.

But the image of a face stuck in his mind, he said.

Hoping it was just a baby doll, he looped around on the interstate and called his office. When he returned to the scene, he could tell it was the body of a baby.

Initially, Bird thought the baby was a girl, but deputies say they've confirmed the body to be three-month old Emanuel Wesley Murray.

Not long after 9 a.m. Tuesday, police say someone recognized McTear from a photo shown on the news.  That neighbor called police and directed officers to North Arlington Avenue in Tampa Heights.  Officers say McTear was taken into custody without incident.

As officers led McTear into a sheriff's office holding area, he shot profanities at journalists.  A reporter asked "How can you throw a baby out the window?" He replied: "It's a dirty game." He paused, then repeated himself: "It's dirty game."

Later Tuesday, as he was transferred to the Orient Road Jail, McTear was more subdued, saying, "That's my baby.  I love my baby."

Click here for an explanation of the phrase, "It's a dirty game."

Click here for photos.

Click here to see what local parents are saying about the case.

Click here for an interactive map of the scenes involved in this investigation.


Click here for more on McTear's history of domestic violence charges.

Click here to see reaction to the charges from McTear's family.

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