Scranton, PA (The Weekly Vice) -- Richard Bowen, a 31 year old Pennsylvania man accused of drugging his own daughter while he carried out extra-marital romps, accepts deal from prosecutors.
On Tuesday, Mr. Bowen admitted to abandoning his two young daughters at night while he visited his mistress. He did not initially admit to drugging his daughter with NyQuil until prosecutors revealed that they had obtained recorded phone conversations of Mr. Bowen confessing to the act from jail.
Authorities said that Bowen was supposed to watch his two preteen daughters while his wife worked a night-shift job. On several occasions between February and May, Bowen would administer heavy doses of NyQuil to his 9 year old daughter and then put both children to bed.
He would then leave the house to visit his Dickson City girlfriend.
Prosecutors say they were fully prepared to enter the recorded confessions into evidence in order to substantiate their charge that he dosed his children with cold medicine. The recordings included conversations Mr. Bowen had with both his family and his mistress.
Paul Walker, an attorney for Mr. Bowen said that the recording calls influenced his client's decision to plead guilty.
The Weekly Vice Reaction:
What's truly sad about this whole arrangement is that instead of paying child support, this man will sit in jail and cost tax payers money - while a single mom supports these kids on her own. It's just another example of a lot of grief caused by one man's stupidity.
And to think.... the man is STILL talking to the mistress from the jail? Incredible.
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