Father of child allegedly murdered by mom wanted custody
The father of a child allegedly murdered by his mother was fighting for custody of the boy.
Court records show that Jude Thaddeus Gomez, 37, petitioned for custody of 5-year-old Jude Marray-Gomez last December. A court hearing was scheduled for later this week.
The boy's mother, 42-year-old Shannon Dodson, faces charges of first degree murder in the boy's death. His body was recovered after a fire at the Hill Park Apartments on Friday morning. It's unclear who or what started the fire. Dodson was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An autopsy report showed that Marray-Gomez drowned and did not die in the fire. A background check shows no prior criminal convictions for Dodson.
Neighbors tell KRDO NewsChannel 13 that they are shocked and saddened that a young boy's life could end so abruptly.
"I just don't understand how someone could do that to their kids," said Jeffrey Bard. "It's unbelievable that someone would do that.
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