Tampa, FL -- "It's a dirty game... It's a dirty game," accused baby killer Richard McTear, Jr. said as he was lead into a holding area. What does that cryptic phrase mean?
As officers walked McTear into a sheriff's office holding area Tuesday morning, he shot profanities at journalists.
A reporter asked "How can you throw a baby out the window?" McTear replied: "It's a dirty game." McTear paused, then repeated himself: "It's dirty game."
McTear's family and sheriff's investigators disagree on the meaning.
"As he said, 'It's a dirty game,'" said Christina Freeman, McTear's cousin. Her explanation: "That means there's more to what it is," apparently saying that there's a bigger backstory behind yesterday's events and McTear's arrest.
Pressed to be more specific, Freeman said, "It's probably like an argument through him and her," meaning McTear and his ex-girlfriend, the mother of three-month old Emanuel Murray, the baby found dead along I-275.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's investigators say Dirty Game is the name of a local hybrid gang made up of young people who grew up together in East Tampa.
Its unclear how McTear is associated with the group, but court records show McTear has the gang's name tattooed on his forearm.
Grayson Kamm, 10 Connects