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Father Fatally Shot

By: Jeanene Kiesling
By: Jeanene Kiesling

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Boy Kills Father

Monday, April 25, 2005

“I don’t know that there are good explanations for something like this,” Allen County Sheriff Tom Williams says.

Authorities still don’t know what a motive might have been behind a shooting just south of Humboldt that’s left a 10-year-old boy sitting in a cell, accused of killing his father, 42-year-old Robert Hamlin.

Williams says the boy had access to several guns inside the family home. Around 8 p.m. Sunday, it’s believed the boy picked up a shotgun, placed it to the back of his father’s head and pulled the trigger, killing him instantly.

“The boy made some initial indications to other family members that he was also going to shoot the mother,” Williams says.

Five children lived inside the home, but his mother managed to escape with two children. Two other children were still at the home. When authorities arrived, they took a 15-year-old boy and a toddler into protective custody and began searching for the suspect.

He reportedly walked to a neighbor’s home and turned himself in, still clutching the shotgun.

A family friend says the mother is now back at home, but still can’t begin to understand all that’s happened.

Meanwhile, the schools brought counselors in to talk to the students. The boy had four siblings. The oldest, a freshman in high school. Not much is being said about the boy, other than he’d had problems in the past.

But no one suspected what the boy is now accused of doing.

“It was pretty shocking to…me and I think a lot of people, too,” says Lisa Banatta, the wife of the boy’s coach.

The boy is held at the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Center, in Girard and the detention hearing is set for Wednesday.

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