boy to shoot him under the threat of cutting off the boy's fingers if he didn't pull the trigger.
Neighbors have told a consistent story that the boy never had a chance. The boy reportedly lived in squalor in a ramshackle home at 1016 South
Woodland Avenue, the site of complaints from the Jackson County Health
Department, which taped a notice on the home's front
door warning of "mold, raw sewage, dangerous wiring and holes in the
The Star previously referred to
Champ as "a scrap dealer known for rough talk and causing heartache" and
a "pushy" hotheaded "loner" who "didn't know how" to care for his son.
Champ had been to prison three times including five years for "assault
with an intent to kill and auto theft" in the 1970s.
A judge will decide on Friday whether to drop the charges and spare a little boy who apparently had a pretty shitty life.
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