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KCK man is headed to prison for trying to drown son

A 24-year-old Kansas City, Kan., father was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison for the PCP-fueled attempted drowning of his young son.

Lamonte J. Brown’s attorney said that Brown has no memory of the January 2012 incident, which ended when Kansas City, Kan., police officers kicked open a bathroom door and wrestled the screaming child from his arms.

Brown initially was charged with attempted murder. But in April, he pleaded no contest and was found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and criminal threat.

Defense attorney Patricia Kalb said Brown smoked marijuana that day, unaware it was laced with the powerful hallucinogenic drug PCP.

At a preliminary hearing in August, Brown’s girlfriend testified that he began acting strangely, called himself God and said, “Everybody is going to die tonight.” Police officers called to the apartment said that Brown was holding the child underwater in the bathtub when they confronted him.

Police used a stun gun to subdue him, according to testimony. The child, who was 3 at the time, did not suffer any serious physical injuries, lawyers said.

Brown apologized to his family on Friday and told the judge, “I’m not a threat to society.”

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