WEST PLAINS, Mo. -- A father is now charged with killing his 4-year-old son on Monday. Howell County prosecutors charged Eric Chappelle, 38, with first-degree murder, abuse of a child resulting in death, assault on a law enforcement officer, and two counts of armed criminal action.
A detective's probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges says Chappelle admitted he drowned 4-year-old Jacob in the bathroom of his home. Police say Chappelle told them he is accused of molesting two female relatives, and did not want to live with those allegations, so he decided to kill himself and his son.
Police say Chapelle’s co-workers called 911 from his home on Monday afternoon. They went to check on the father and son when the pair didn’t show up for work or at a childcare center. The caller told dispatchers the child wasn’t breathing. When officers arrived, Jacob was dead and on a couch.