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Man accused of running over son agrees to plea deal

By Associated Press


KAILUA-KONA>> A Big Island man accused of running over his 3-year-old son has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kim Taniyama says in exchange for the dropping a manslaughter charge, Pedro Johanes Peter will plead guilty on June 18 to third-degree negligent homicide, a misdemeanor.

Peter was driving when his toddler fell out of the cab of a truck and was run over in January.

West Hawaii Today reports that according to a motion by Peter's public defender, the state did not present sufficient evidence to the grand jury that Peter "consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustified risk that his son would open the door of the car and fall out, resulting in his death."

Peter could face up to a year incarceration for the misdemeanor.

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ryan02 wrote:
If a babysitter had done this, this man would demand that the babysitter spend the rest of his/her life in prison, and sue them for $100 million. But because he's the dad . . . yeah, it's not that bad that he killed his son. It's part of parental rights. Or something.
on June 6,2013 | 01:00PM
pueohonua wrote:
Do you honestly believe the father intentionally and unjustifiably injured his baby? You miss the point.
on June 6,2013 | 01:22PM
innocentBystander wrote:
Perhaps you've missed the point: Do you believe the average babysitter would intentionally injure a baby? Do you think the chances are high that they would get sued and/or go to jail anyway? Why are we more likely to charge one over the other for the same crime? Are babysitters being held to higher standards than fathers? Things that make you go "hmmmmm".
on June 6,2013 | 01:48PM
copperwire9 wrote:
What a cold and useless comment. This is a tragedy any way you look at it. If you bother to look at the photo that accompanies the article, you'll see the eyes of a haunted man who'll carry this with him the rest of his sad life. Shame on you.
on June 6,2013 | 01:45PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I think it would depend on the circumstances. If the baby sitter intentionally ran over the baby she would indeed be looking at a lengthy prison term. If the baby sitter was exercising a reasonable amount of care, but the baby still died, then she too would be facing the same charge. Seems to me this was a terrible accident. I haven't seen anything to suggest the father was abusive or intended to hurt the baby. No need to make the family suffer more by throwing the father in jail for a long prison term. Too much pain all around in this case.
on June 6,2013 | 03:27PM
aomohoa wrote:
You can see the pain in this mans face. He will have to live with his stupidity forever. His mistake was not putting a child in a car seat. Yes he is a bad father, but I don't think he is an intentional murderer. If he was drunk or on drugs he should go to jail for many years, but I don't think that is the case.
on June 6,2013 | 02:29PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Yep tend to agree with you. The man is going to have to live with this for the rest of his life.
on June 6,2013 | 03:29PM
sak wrote:
Had he followed the LAWS of the Land, the child would have been strapped in a baby seat, if I am correct about Child Safety Seat Laws? So in that part it should be Negligence on his part. Now if the parents were in a custody battle during a divorce case, with possible child support payments until the child becomes an adult? Now that would bring in questionable reasoning for his negligence.
on June 6,2013 | 02:55PM
Mahalo wrote:
I think this is a fair outcome. I don't see putting this man in jail for the rest of his life. He already lives with that. I would bet he has learned a very hard lesson and either no longer drives or makes dang sure the kids are buckled up and safety locks secured. Not to mention I am sure his home life is not the best his wife/ mother of child blames him every day
on June 6,2013 | 02:55PM
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