Last week, a 27-year-old man from South Carolina, shot and killed his girlfriend, her parents, two children and then turned on himself. According to authorities, he was enmeshed in a custody battle with his girlfriend over their 7-month-old child and felt he wasn't being allowed to visit their daughter as often as he'd like. He was also facing a jail sentence for a burglary he committed.
Earlier this year, an ex-husband's father shot and killed his former daughter-in-law and her friend, and wounded two police officers while at a Delaware county courthouse. They'd arrived there to attend a court hearing on child support payments. Law enforcement officers shot and killed the gunman as well.
Child custody battles tend to be acrimonious. A father can feel jealous about his ex-wife's new boyfriend and seek retribution by demanding physical custody. A mother may be convinced that her ex-husband's payments are low considering his salary and bonus schedule. As the stress mounts and animosity builds, the feelings can explode with the direst of consequences.
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