Thomas Ludwig's Jail Intake Booking
Land O' Lakes, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Thomas Ludwig, a 24-year-old Port Richey man was jailed Monday on first-degree murder charges after he allegedly beat his 2-month-old daughter to death for crying.
Authorities say Ludwig gained custody of two twin girls after the child's mother, Nicholle West, delivered the twins while incarcerated in state prison. She is currently serving out a 13 month prison sentence for grand theft.
A female witness who Ludwig resided with told investigators that she saw Ludwig grab one of the girls from a stroller, because she was crying. She said the force applied in pulling the child out of the stroller caused the baby's head to be popped backwards.
The witness stated that she then saw Ludwig slam the child onto a bed in a forceful manner. She then heard him call the baby "a little bitch" and to "shut up", according to the arrest affidavit.
The witness went on to tell deputies that she heard a series of loud banging noises coming from the room, which ended the child's cries.
The child was later found by the witness unresponsive. When she attempted to seek medical care for the infant, Ludwig allegedly tore the child away and contacted EMS. The child was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Hospital the following day.
An autopsy of the revealed that the little girl died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Ludwig is currently being held without bail at the Pasco County Jail on first-degree murder charges.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
This most depressing aspect of this story for us is knowing that this tragedy might have been avoidable. Looking into the man's record, it's hard to understand why no warning flags went up before the state handed these infants over to him.
Ludwig's criminal history (in Pasco County) starts with charges of grand theft , driving without a license and a designation of (failed to adapt), which means he likely refused to follow the judge's instructions March 2006. He was then found in contempt of court with two probation violation charges in October 2006. He faced two more felony charges of violating probation in addition to writing two bad checks in Feb 2007. finally, he was arrested on contempt of court charges yet again in Dec 2008.
All this and the state willfully placed two newborn infants in his care. How is that possible? Why wouldn't he be in jail like his girlfriend?
Florida's judicial system continues to defy all sense - and it's sad to see children literally dying because of it.
The Weekly Vice
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