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Man’s custody is reduced, so he throws daughter off bridge

Four-year-old Darcey Freeman died after her father, Arthur Freeman, 36, threw her off a Melbourne, Australia bridge in January 2009. The case is now in court, and Freeman’s lawyer says he was mentally ill.

Read Girl thrown off bridge in ‘deliberate act’ on ABC.net.au.

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27 Comments on "Man’s custody is reduced, so he throws daughter off bridge"

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  1. Ox Drover says:

    Hopefully they will interview your daughter as well and maybe get her fears noted and documented. She is old enough now that her wishes ought to be respected…Good luck and don’t give up. I would use the press as a LAST RESORT because you are going to pith off some folks at CPS and the judge and so on and right now you dont’ want to do that unless it is a last ditch effort….but don’t give up. If you really in truly and your daughter really in truly fear this man DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO KEEP HER AND YOURSELF SAFE. ((((hugs))) and my prayers for your safety!



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  2. MiLo says:

    Stillinshock ~

    Most police departments have victim’s advocates associated with and/or on staff. Possibly if you and your daughter could talk to that person, even taking articles like this with you and saying “Look this is what could happen to my child, where do I turn?” I AM NOT a vindictive spouse, I AM a SCARED mother. We are dealing with a very disturbed individual here, what do we do? If not there try Children’s Services with the same language.

    Also, I believe you can hire an attorney to represent your daughter only, not you. This attorney will fight for the rights of your daughter. I am unsure under what circumstances this is allowed, you may want to check.

    My prayers are also with you.



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  3. stillinshock says:

    CPS in my county did inform his county that I would be more than willing to allow my daughter to speak with them. She wants to. She is ready to have her voice heard. She is tired of feeling like a pawn. I hope they will talk with her. I had a victim’s right advocate with the police dept, but she only went with me to help me obtain a P.O. I have one now in my county who is trying to work with me, I meet with her next week.

    I’m at the point where I don’t give a ….. about pithing people off, I want my daughter to have a better life and not be subjected to his crazy rants and detrimental negative views. I told my sister that if the courts don’t start listening soon, I am heading downtown in a big blue chicken suit to start getting some attention here!!!

    Oh, and I just found out I have no way of knowing if he ever purchases a gun or not, and since he is not a gun person, but has been talking about shooting people, I know if he purchases a gun he will be intending to use it, so it would have been a really good way to keep tabs on when we may have to disappear…..but unfortunately there is no way to find out.



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  4. Ox Drover says:

    Dear Stillinshock,

    Does he have a criminal history at all? If so, it is illegal for him to purchase a gun in his name directly and if he bought one from a dealer, he would be refused a hand gun at least with a record, but it is not illegal to buy a gun from an individual wihout a check BUT it IS ILLEGAL for him to do so if he has a criminal record. But he may actually not even KNOW THAT, or NOT CARE.

    There really IS no way to know if he buys a gun as he could also buy one off the street illegally or a “hot” or stolen gun.

    It isn’t illegal to go walk in a graveyard…or if he has no felony record…to buy a gun…but taken as a OVER ALL PICTURE with other things, it is sure an indicator of a person’s mental stability but not usually enough to lock someone up, and even then on ly for 72 hours on a “hold” unless they are an IMMEDIATE DANGER TO THEMSELVES OR OTHERS….and you have got to be pretty darned OUT OF IT to be locked up against your will these days.

    I agree the “blue chicken suit” may be necessary, and the press may be the way you need to go. But whatever you do, BE SAFE!!!! (((hugs))) and my prayers for us all.



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  5. purewaters3 says:

    Tragic and terrifying.



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  6. stillinshock says:

    He does not have a criminal history. I doubt he would do it legally anyway, though.

    Yeah, the graveyard thing is just creepy combined with the fact that he is losing his mental faculties, he isolates and is not dating, building any kind of life, working a job, or hanging out with friends much at all. Lives in a dark dirty home he does not clean. Does not bathe regularly. Totally obsessed still with me and how I have ruined his life.

    I see my advocate tomorrow.



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  7. candy says:

    Still – You did not ruin his life HE DID it all on his own. Good luck for tomorrow with your advocate.



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  8. Ox Drover says:

    Dear Stillinshock,.

    While your X sounds pretty psychopathic he also sounds like he might ALSO be mentally ill (just because he is one does not mean he can’t ALSO be the other too) The not bathing regularly and living in a house that is filthy and the “totally obsessed” could mean that he is very depressed or psychotic (not in touch with reality) or that he is paranoid or delusional and which actually might mean he is MORE DANGEROUS rather than less dangerous.

    I think you need to mention these things to your advocate.

    Also, to you— Candy is RIGHT, you did NOT ruin his life, HE RUINED HIS LIFE….but that does not mean he will NOT BLAME YOU FOR HIS PAIN. By placing the blame on you, it would “justify” in his mind, him hurting you as well. BE CAREFUL! (((hugs))) and my prayers for you.



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  9. Dani S says:

    Yayyyy!!! Aurthur Freeman Tonight was charge with the murder of his daughter Darcy. After 5 long days and a night the Jury finally came to an agreement after deliberating if he was Mad or Bad! If a verdict wasnt agreed tonight it would have gone to a re trial. R.I.P little Darcy



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