13, 2006 5:24 p.m. EST
Yvonne Lee - All Headline News Staff
ReporterFullerton, CA (AHN) - A California man in the
middle of a custody dispute admits he drowned his 4-year-old
son a bathtub.
Gideon Walter Omondi, 35, was charged with murder and a
special circumstance accusation that he killed his son by
lying in wait, which makes him eligible for capital
Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death
Omondi went into a police station in Fullerton on Sunday
and said he killed his son, Richard. He led police to an
apartment where the boy's body was lying in bed with a wet
Richard had been visiting his father over the weekend when
he was murdered.
Omondi and his wife Hellen are going through a bitter
divorce where both have accused each other of domestic
Hellen Omondi said her husband paid more attention to his
studies than to his family. Gideon Omondi is a mechanical
engineering student at California State University.
The couple are immigrants from Kenya.
State child-welfare records show both husband and wife were
investigated for possible child abuse. Three calls were made
to the California Department of Social Services expressing
concern that Richard was neglected.
However, investigators could not say for certain whether
the allegations were true.