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Man who may have tried to kill toddler, himself on Christmas dies

By Leila Fujimori

LAST UPDATED: 10:09 a.m. HST, Jan 03, 2014

The Kailua man pulled Christmas Day from his backyard pool, where he allegedly tried to kill his 2-year-old daughter and himself, died this week.

The Medical Examiner's Office said Thomas Morton, 36, died Wednesday at Castle Medical Center. The cause of death was determined to be drowning. The office is awaiting toxicology and investigators' reports before making a determination on the manner of death.

Police suspect Morton tried to kill his daughter, opening a second-degree attempted murder case Dec. 25.

Neighbors said Morton, while holding his daughter in his arms, jumped fully clothed into the pool. They saved the girl then pulled Morton from the pool. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital in critical condition.

Ernest Burlem, a next-door neighbor, said Morton's twin brother, who lives in the downstairs unit of their two-story house, is "taking it pretty hard."

"There's a closeness of twins that is hard to understand," he said.

Burlem said the family took Morton off life support Sunday.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
So sad, deep condolences, as everyone has thoughts of what Mr. Morton did, every once in awhile, except most do not go through with it. Life circumstances must have been so difficult to face. When I was 15 years old or so, with my all of my life ahead of me, I wondered what it would be like, not living anymore. The ones who would remember me definitely (as in Rain Man) were my grandma, who was 70 if I was 15, my dad who was 43, my mom who was 42, my sister who was 13, my brother 11 and my sister who was 7. So tragic. Well I'm still alive and I am 56, my sister 54, my brother 52 and my sister 48. All my siblings look upon me as The Boss, although I am soft spoken and I only get agitated if someone makes me so, lol much like The Incredible Hulk. Indeed Laughter is THE Best Medicine, as my dentist related to me that certain endorphins or whatever, are released into the bloodstream if one laughs out loud !!!
on January 2,2014 | 08:00PM
copperwire9 wrote:
We're glad you lived.
on January 2,2014 | 09:33PM
itsok wrote:
It's good that you can recall that time and express that here for those who may have suicidal thoughts. You remind them that suicidal thoughts can go away and that life can get better. Thank you for your humanity and for giving others hope.
on January 2,2014 | 10:25PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Now what would we do without the ranting of HonoluluHawaii? I'm glad you decided to stick around.:)
on January 3,2014 | 04:05AM
mrluke wrote:
on January 3,2014 | 07:28AM
joseph007 wrote:
So sad, some defense lawyer won't have the opportunity to make money accusing the child of the crime, had the father lived. Yes, the child made me do it.
on January 3,2014 | 08:12AM
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