Va. father, Joaquin Rams, charged with toddler's murder
By Associated Press
Joaquin Rams (Manassas City Police Department)
Prince McLeod Rams
Hera McLeod next to her son, Prince
MANASSAS, Va. -
A Virginia man has been charged with murdering his 15-month-old son after medical examiners determined that the boy drowned.
Police on Friday arrested Joaquin Rams of Manassas and charged him with the murder of Prince McLeod Rams in October.
At the time, the toddler had been on a court-ordered, unsupervised visit with his father.
The boy's mother, Hera McLeod, had fought unsuccessfully against unsupervised visitation, worrying that her son would be in danger.
Rams' arrest came after medical examiners determined that Prince Rams died of drowning. Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert also said the father had taken out multiple life insurance policies on his son.
The boy's death has also prompted further investigation of the 2008 death of Joaquin Rams' mother and the 2003 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.