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Father arrested for killing infant in Lake Ariel

Fitzpatrick's mug shot

June 15, 2011

Pennsylvania State Police at Honesdale and the Wayne County District Attorney announced the arrest of Christopher Thomas Fitzpatrick, 20, in Lake Ariel, Wayne County. He is charged with criminal homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

Fitzpatrick is accused of taking his newborn infant daughter to a wooded area behind a business at 1178 Hamlin Highway in Lake Ariel. Once there, he is accused of striking the baby twice with a cinder block causing the death of the infant. The arrest took place on June 10, four days after the alleged killing.

The investigation started when state police were notified by the Sussex County, NJ Sheriff’s Department. They were able to provide state police with information that they received from family members about their suspicions on the baby’s welfare.
Fitzpatrick was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Jane Farrell, Waymart. Fitzpatrick was transported to the Wayne County Prison without bail.

The mother of the child, Jennifer Barrise, 20 was also arrested and is being held without bail. Fitzpatrick allegedly told Barrise he was going to get rid of the infant because the couple could not afford to have another child. They have a one year old son.

Fitzpatrick reportedly said the Barrise, "I gotta do what I gotta do."