A Wisconsin man has been charged for allegedly drowning his 3-month-old son in a pond. Milwaukee resident Sean A. Flowers Jr., 25, was arrested on July 30 after witnesses say he held the child underwater until he lost consciousness.
Robert Amstadt witnessed the horrific event from his apartment window and said it was “the most evil thing I’ve seen.”
"That baby cried all the way out into the water," Amstadt told the Journal Sentinel. "Then the crying stopped." Flowers "didn't try to hold the baby up" out of the water, he said. Another man had followed the father into the pond.
Bystanders told authorities Flowers walked into the water near an apartment complex after quarreling with the child’s mother -- his girlfriend -- during a family reunion, according to the New York Daily News. The 25-year-old supposedly took the child to the pond, sat him down, and held him under water until he stopped breathing.
Witness Joey Griffin tells WITI his version of what happened:
Without thinking, I just ran into the water. I yelled at him, 'Where's the baby? Where's the baby?' And then I saw a baby floating in the water. I grabbed it. I tried to swim away with it. He lunged at me and took the baby again and swam further, deeper. We all lost this one. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, sometimes you just lose. No matter how hard you try. You just wish you could've did more.
"It was a hornet's nest of people moving around, crying and screaming,” Amstadt told the Journal Sentinel.
Another man allegedly tried to take the boy away from Flowers but “he snatched it back,” Amstadt said.
When police arrived at the location, the child was already dead.
“I just can't imagine what was in that man's head. I just can't imagine. I'll never be able to figure that out. It's just wretched,” Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn told WITI.
In April 2015, the child’s mother, who also allegedly has another child with Flowers, filed a temporary restraining order against Flowers. But the order was sacked when she failed to show up to court.
Flowers is reportedly responsible for $62.50 a week in child support for both children.
The child's mother allegedly wrote that she was “scared that he will harm me. He hit me and my eye was swollen.”
"A few days later, he hit me with a closed fist several times and would not let me leave."