The Rae Carruth case, where
a former NFL player was responsible for orchestrating the death of his pregnant
girlfriend, to avoid paying child support was extremely tragic and disturbing.
Carruth is now serving a 20-year sentence without parole. This
case is also frightening.
SON WITH AIDS:
Brian T. Stewart (pictured
above) worked as a lab technician (who takes blood samples from patients) at
a St. Louis hospital. He became enraged when his girlfriend became pregnant;
pending fatherhood cramped his style.
Throughout the pregnancy,
Stewart had very little to do with his girlfriend and refused to have anything
to do with the baby after he was born.
Stewart insisted he was not
the father, when DNA proved otherwise, the mother tried to work out a reasonable
child support arrangement, Stewart balked. She threatened him with court,
he smirked and said that she was wasting her time because the boy was not going
to live long, when she asked what he meant, he turned and walked away.
Based on his salary, the court
ordered Stewart to pay $267 dollars a month in child support. Stewart
became outraged and vowed not to make a single payment.
He would develop a sick and
intense hatred for his ex-girlfriend and son, it consumed him night and day.
He could be overheard at work, complaining to anyone who would listen.
On February 6, 1992, Stewart
presented himself as a man with a change of heart, maybe fatherhood wasn’t
so bad after all as he cuddled and played with his 11-month old son.
Stewart was left in the presence
of his son for a short while, he decided to put his sick and demented plan into
motion, a he did one of the most unspeakable, unimaginable and unthinkable acts
any human being could do. He deliberately injected his 11-month old son
with the AIDS virus.
Over the years, the boy’s
health would decline, he was admitted to a hospital in 1996 with a respiratory
problem, he was also diagnosed with HIV; the boy now has AIDS.
Everyone was baffled, how
did he get the disease? The mother convinced the Sheriff’s Department
to launch an investigation.
The two-year investigation
would lead to the arrest of Brian Stewart.
In court, the prosecutors
argued that health officials had tested everyone who may have come into contact
with the boy and none had tested positive for the virus and there were no signs
that the child was sexually abused.
Brian Stewart showed no remorse
when he was sentenced to life in prison with the option for parole.