Christopher Barrios is being laid to rest today at 2:00 p.m. While most of us followed his story awaiting the outcome, George Edenfield allegedly confessed to the crime within hours of the murder. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime laboratory has conducted an autopsy but the results have not been released.
The Brunswick News (free registration) has much more on the case including details of the indictment. According to copies of search warrants it obtained from local court records:
- George Edenfield told police March 8 – just hours after Christopher disappeared – that he killed the boy. He later said he choked Christopher.
- Peggy Edenfield told police March 12 that George Edenfield, her son, confessed to her that he had killed Christopher.
- Peggy Edenfield witnessed her son and David Edenfield, George’s father and Peggy Edenfield’s husband, choke Christopher until he was dead.
News4Jax is also reporting several of the details the Edenfield’s are accused of prior to Christopher’s death among them how he allegedly was murdered:
The indictment contains grim details about the case that police and prosecutors had not previously revealed. It says Christopher died from asphyxiation March 8 — the day he was reported missing — after the suspects choked him while “ignoring his complaints that they were hurting him.”
Who knows what possesses someone to take anyone else’s life. Part of the answers may lie in this 2006 Child Abduction Murder Study what is an unusual twist is the alleged involvement of the parents. For a more detailed account of the Edenfields involvement visit the blog “Eheavenlygads” here.
- The average killer of abducted children is 27 years old
- 85 percent are unmarried
- 50 percent are unemployed
- 51 percent live either alone or with their parents
- 61 percent have prior arrests for violent crimes
- 66 percent have a legitimate reason to be in the area where the abduction takes place
Source: Attorney General of Washington State, U.S. Department of Justice
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Note: Several people have inquired about donating to the family. There are apparently two three funds setup, one is for a recently established Foundation for harsher sexual predator laws.
Suntrust Bank. The account number is 1000048852254 or you can ask to donate to the Justice for Christopher Foundation.
Bank Of America (any branch) C/O Christopher Barrios Relief Fund or C/O Glynn Angels of Southeast Georgia fund according to this article from WTOC11 in Savannah is a fund to assist with moving expenses.
Unless you are giving just to give, prior to donating to any Charity or Foundation you can click on the tab above “Missing Child Resources”. There you can click on links to verify whether they are tax exempt, what percentage of donations are used for the intended purpose and compare them with other similar Charities or Foundations.
A convicted child molester and his parents pleaded not guilty Friday to charges they kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered a 6-year-old boy whose body was found last month wrapped in a trash bag and dumped by a roadside.
Are sex offender laws tough enough? What if the victim were only 3-years-older then Christopher and she wasn’t murdered but gave birth.
Update: May 2007 CBS video interview with Chrisopher’s father.
Update: June 2008 Man admits lying to police in Ga. boy’s death
Dale was ordered to spend up to three months in jail in addition to the 15 months he’s served since the boy was killed. He will spend most of the next 3 1/2 years on probation at a state home for the mentally disabled.
Update: Oct 31, 2007 Florida Times Union
A picture of Christopher Barrios Jr., slain in 2007, was used in a cable show.
A photograph of the slain kindergarten student was used in an episode of General Hospital: Night Shift broadcast nationwide Oct. 14 on the SOAPnet cable television network. In the episode, the photo depicted the abandoned young son of a character portrayed by actor Billy Dee Williams.
You might wonder why it took two weeks for the media to report the story.
Update 02-05-09: First trial date set for Barrios murder case
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – A trial date has been set for the first of three suspects charged with abducting, sexual assaulting and murdering a 6-year-old Brunswick boy.
Jury selection for David Edenfield will begin on April 20 and is expected to take two weeks. The trial is scheduled to start on May 4.
Update 03-12-09: Money Crunch Delays Edenfield Murder Trial
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The first trial resulting from the death of 6-year-old abducted, raped and killed in 2007 has been postponed until the next fiscal year because of a shortage of state funds to pay the expenses of the defense.
David Edenfield, his wife and his son are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Christopher Barrios Jr. Jury selection was scheduled for April 20, with the trial expected to begin two weeks later.
The Glynn County Superior Court Clerk’s office told Channel 4 on Thursday that the first trial — that of David Edenfield — was pushed back to September to ensure that defense would have adequate state funding to pay for experts and investigators in the case.