A Fullerton man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murdering his 4-year-old son in an effort to avoid paying child support.
Gideon Walter Omondi, 38, was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation after drowning his son, Richie, in the bathtub.
After drowning his son in the bathtub, he removed his body from the tub, tucked him into his bed, and then drove to the Fullerton Police Station where he confessed. He eventually pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury found him to be sane at the time the killing took place.
Omondi was a student at Cal State Fullerton studying mechanical engineering when his wife and son came to the United States from Kenya to join him. He supposedly wanted to send them both back to Kenya because he could not afford to support them in Orange County.
Eventually Omondi and his wife divorced and split custody of Richie. But according to authorities, Omondi soon became disgruntled that his wages were being garnished to support his wife and son.
The 2006 drowning was not the first time Omondi tried to kill his son. Earlier that same year, Omondi tried to kill himself and his son by dousing his car in gasoline and climbing into the truck with his son. His plan was to set the car on fire, however, the California Highway Patrol interrupted his plan, so Omondi told the officers they were sleeping.
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