Alabama man charged in 2-year-old son's fatal stabbing
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — An Alabama man accused of fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son wailed, banged his head on a table and asked a central Indiana judge for a rope to kill himself during his initial court appearance Thursday.
Micah William Harrison, 30, of Robertsdale, Ala., feared someone was trying to kill him Wednesday when he fatally stabbed his 2-year-old son, Michael, in the chest with a kitchen knife and in the forehead with a nail-pulling tool, Noblesville police said in a probable cause affidavit.
Harrison had driven with his three young children from Alabama to his parents' home in Noblesville, about 15 miles north of Indianapolis, on Tuesday. The children's mother said in court documents filed in Alabama that he had taken them without her permission.
A distraught Harrison appeared on a video link from the Hamilton County Jail during Thursday's appearance on a murder charge in Hamilton Superior Court.
When Magistrate David Najjar read him his rights, Harrison said, “What about a right to a rope?”
“I killed my poor little baby. Please kill me,” Harrison begged.
Najjar entered a not guilty plea on Harrison's behalf and appointed an attorney for him. He also ordered Harrison held without bond pending a March 12 trial date. A jail officer said Harrison already was on suicide watch.
Harrison had to be removed from the jail's hearing room for about 30 minutes before his appearance because he scuffled with deputies. When he was brought back, he was shackled and guarded by four deputies.
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