Ill. dad gets jail for son's skateboarding death
7:03 AM CDT, May 19, 2009
DECATUR, Ill. - A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 60 days in
jail and 18 months probation for running over his 12-year-old son while
towing the boy on a skateboard.
Timothy W. Melvin on Monday said he didn't realize he was pleading guilty
to child endangerment. He says he didn't mean to say he knew his son was
standing on a skateboard and*** on to a window of Melvin's car on
April 2, 2008.
Melvin says he thought he was pleading guilty to not making his son,
Zachary, wear a helmet. Melvin ran Zachary R. Melvin over in the parking
lot of a Decatur hospital, and the boy later died of his injuries.
Melvin says his younger son was mistaken when he told police that Melvin
had been towing Zachary with the car in a similar way the day before the
This monster should have been charged with manslaughter and gotten 20
years. Looks like he's rich and bought off the DA.