Dameon D. Gatson, 22, has allegedly told that he thought he had a problem. He thought his girlfriend that he had been with for about 7 months had been unfaithful. And she got pregnant, she was 6 months along. And to make matters worse, he reportedly didn’t want anymore children he already had a 3 year old with another woman.
He allegedly discussed all of this with his friend Paul A. Petersen, 18. Allegedly a plan was developed. According to what Peterson has told police, Gatson agreed to pay him $200 to assault the girlfriend and cause a miscarriage.
On April 21, Gatson allegedly called the girlfriend to find out where she was. He then drove Peterson to the apartment where the girlfriend was and Peterson went to the door and asked for her.
When she came to the door the two stepped out into the hall to talk and he reportedly confronted her about whether Gaston was the father of her baby. And he has allegedly said the girlfriend “disrespected” him. He reportedly punched her in the abdomen several times then fled.
The unnamed girlfriend began having contractions and went to the hospital where her baby girl was born. At only 6 months gestation baby Destiny Jayden Gatson weighed only 1 pound 9 ounces and according to the complaint the baby had
*”significant health problems, including bleeding on her brain”
The infant lived on life support until May 1. The baby’s mother asked Gaston to be present when the baby was taken off life support. The medical examiner ruled the baby’s death was due to prematurity and placenta abruption.
The girlfriend had allegedly been told that Gaston had gone to a funeral out of town on the date of her assault.
Police reportedly questioned Gaston the boyfriend, but he explained to them that he had been out of town at a funeral on the date it happened.
During the investigation it was noted that Gaston’s cellphone was used in the city on the date in question. And that the phone was used twice, 42 minutes before the assault and 4 minutes after the assault. A witness has placed him at a gas station near the scene of the assault.
According to what Peterson has told police, Gaston had picked him up on that date and the two of them had gotten drunk and high. Gaston then allegedly drove him to the apartment. Peterson did allegedly get paid $40 of the $200 he was promised. Peterson reportedly had become a new father just a few months prior to the assault.
Both Gatson and Petersen have been charged with 1st degree assault and 2nd murder.
The unnamed girlfriend reportedly had difficulty believing that Gaston could have been involved in the assault on her or the death of their baby. According to the lead investigator she has gone from disbelieving to angry.
I always marvel at the excuses that often come up when a woman gets pregnant unexpectedly.
“She got pregnant” usually it takes two. “It’s somebody else’s, not my kid” get a DNA test and you are off the hook.
“I didn’t want a baby” again, it usually takes two and they make protection for men too. (something tells me this was most probably the real motivation)
Don’t do the deed unless you are old enough to take responsibility. If you are old enough to do the deed, you are old enough to make sure you are covered.
Studies show that one of the top causes of death or injury to a pregnant woman is not the complications of pregnancy. It is the men in her life.