‘I love you, Dad’

Tuesday and Amber Alert was issued for two little boys. Allegedly Teresa Walker had called her husband Katron Walker from work and told him that she wanted a divorce. Though at least one paper has stated that Teresa had told her husband on Sunday that she wanted a divorce and that she had moved into a shelter with the boys. It has been alleged that on Tues. morning that she received a threatening call from Katron, and that she also filed for a protective order on Tues.

Reportedly Katron Walker showed up at Teresa Walker's father's home where the children were about 10 am Tuesday, and an altercation took place. Allegedly Walker pulled a knife and took the two little boys. He sped off in a van, which which police say had been stolen from a friend. Police were called and a search begun. Family alleges that an Amber Alert was not issued for 7 hours after the abduction.

Witnesses told police that Walker frequently took his boys fishing at a local lake. Then a woman called and said that she had seen a man with two little boys there eating hot dogs and fishing. Later she saw the Amber Alert and recognized the van in the alert. They went there and began a search using search dogs and looking for the stolen van.

During the search, police say that Katron Walker came out of an abandoned trailer there. He was holding the two boys. Police say that he jumped into the water with the naked boys.

Police were able to rescue 2 year old Monte Walker, but police state that Katron Walker was very uncooperative and reportedly there was a struggle.

They were unable to find 4 year old Collin Walker, so a dive team was called.  He was later recovered by a dive team in 12 feet of water. He had been stabbed in the chest and also had a laceration on his neck. A preliminary autopsy has shown that Collin died of a stab wound to the chest, there is no evidence of drowning.

Little Monte had also suffered from stab wounds to the chest and a laceration to the neck, and is recovering in a hospital where he is in good condition.  

The witness who reported to police that she had seen the man with the little boys said she heard the boys say 'I love you, Dad',"  she has also stated that after Walker jumped into the lake with the boys, that she also had jumped in and tried to search for them. She stated that she demanded of him where Collin was, and "He's grinning and he goes, 'He's probably at the bottom of the lake by now'," 

Police have stated that Katron Walker also had cut his own throat and stabbed himself in the chest. He is expected to survive. Police say that he had marijuana and methamphetamine in his system.

A steak knife, blood, and some children's clothing was found in the abandoned trailer.

Katron Walker has been charged with murder and attempted murder. His criminal history consists of a charge of methamphetamine possession in 2002 or early 2003, and that he recieved probation.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/9367558/detail.html

http://abcnews.go.com/US/LegalCenter/wireStory?id=2075321

http://www.southbendtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060614/News01/606140362/-1/NEWS01/CAT=News01

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060614/NEWS02/60614008

The last two articles discuss some of the challenges of the Amber Alert law. A married couple with children, both have equal rights to the children. And in this state, as well as many others an Amber Alert cannot be used in cases where custody disputes might be an issue. Therefore he most likely won't be charged with abduction of the children. And that that accounts for the delay in the Amber Alert. Police state they had to determine if they had enough information to issue the Alert.

However, there was wrongdoing in this case of abduction, in the trespassing on the father-in-laws property, having a weapon, and the stolen van.

Not mentioned is the fact that he may have threatened with the knife and that assault has been alleged on someone at the father-in-law's home.

The Missing and Murdered Children is also blogging about this case and the post can be found here with and update here.

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Prosecutors have stated they intend to seek the death penalty.

http://www.tribstar.com/local/local_story_170224151.html

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10 Comments

  1. Soobs said,

    June 15, 2006 at 1:32 am

    Oh no, Home. Reading this makes me physically ill. I just saw them on the Amber Alert this morning. What in the world is wrong with some people??? Those poor babies.

  2. June 15, 2006 at 1:40 am

    I just don’t get that when people think the marriage is over, that the kids should be over too. Very often the kids are the best thing that comes out of a marriage.
    I have read that often the person who gets dumped wants so badly to hurt the “dumper”, that they will choose to harm the kids- as they know that is what will hurt the “dumper” the most. Since that is their own children, I still don’t get it.
    Yet it happens a lot. Sometimes it is overt like this, but sometimes it is more hidden, like in refusing to pay child support or trying to turn the children against the other parent.

  3. Soobs said,

    June 16, 2006 at 2:31 am

    I’ve always said that there are a lot of people who hate their ex, more than they love their kids. Unfortunately.

  4. June 17, 2006 at 5:39 am

    A too high percentage of parents perceive their children as property and not individuals entrusted to their parental care and love.

    Is it only 5 or 10%, then it still is too high, but I suspect it is much higher for we live in a world of the self-centered who care not much about others even their own flesh and blood.

  5. Soobs said,

    June 18, 2006 at 2:36 am

    I agree with you, Fight.

  6. flowerpower43 said,

    July 13, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    I am a close relative of the Walker boys and we are all very ANGRY that the police are trying to cover their ass with the excuse that they did not delay in their efforts to issue ath Amber Alert. THEY know the blew this, and even said yes we made mistakes and we’ll do better next time, in other words “sorry Teresa that Collin and Monte had to be our “TEST RUN”. We are all hurting over this tragedy and I pray she finds a competent attorney to hold those who delayed the appropriate actions accountable!

  7. July 13, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of parents, friends and relatives out there who have had similiar problems with the Amber Alerts. The Alerts themselves are great, they have saved a lot of problems. But delays in implementing them for various reasons, have also allowed a lot of children no chance.
    Reasons often given for not sounding an alert are ‘possible’ runaway, no vehicle, and a non-custodial parent kidnapping. And many of those same children have ended up dead or lost forever.
    The laws that govern who goes on the Amber Alert list needs to be tightened up.

  8. Amommy said,

    September 7, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    These boys are my cousins and Tron is my Uncil…do you think it right for Theresa’s family to look down upon my Grandmother (Trons mom) for what Tron did. She in no way raised him this way. I am sad to know that now Theresa wont even let my Grandmother see her grandbabie. It makes me absoulty sick what she is doing.
    I do agree with others that the way Terre Haute handled the Amber aleart situation was just wrong…Collin would be alive today and Monte wouldnt have scars on his neck to remind him of what his father did to him.
    I dont believe they should seek the death penalty only because at this point thats what he wants is to die. Thats what he wanted on that night…for all three of them to die…the boys go to heaven and him go to hell for what he had done.
    Thats all I have to say.

  9. james said,

    September 24, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Amommy –

    Have Theresa and her family allowed your grandmother to see Collin now?

  10. Christina said,

    October 24, 2010 at 3:34 am

    A late responce, but how can you be sick about Theresa actions in not allowing the paternal grandmother to see the kids? However she raised him, the fact is, she did raise him. She would be a reminder, an overwhelming trigger, for the emotion caused by the horrible crimes her son commited. It may not be her fault, but as a mother, she should be able to understand that Theresa might not be able handle having the mother-in-law in her life.


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