A 36-year-old Oklahoma father was recently taken into custody and charged with child neglect after the man allegedly taught his son how to commit suicide. Rogers County’s Sheriff commented that the father was joking about suicide, but the man will be processed nonetheless.
Oklahoma Father Told Son that Asphyxiation Is an Ineffective Suicide Method
According to 36-year-old Michael Joseph Jensen’s arrest warrant, the man was at home with his 12-year-old son when the alleged incident occurred. Jensen told the authorities that he asked his son to go to sleep earlier that evening since he had to go to school in the morning and afterward pay a visit to his mother’s house.
The boy refused to listen to his father and, as a sign of protest, he placed a plastic over his head and told his father that he was going to commit suicide. Allegedly, Jensen told the rambunctious 12-year-old that asphyxiation was an ineffective suicide method, as doctors have their ways to keep him alive.
Instead, the Oklahoma father told his son that he must set himself on fire and shoot himself with the head in order to get the job done. Taking his father’s advice for granted, the 12-year-old grabbed a can of lighter fluid, poured it all over his body, and set himself ablaze.
Fortunately, the other family members intervened and managed to extinguish the flames. The 12-year-old was taken to the hospital and his father arrested.
Jensen was formally charged with child neglect and booked in county jail. Coy Jenkins, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Major, declared that although the man was indicted, he believes that the Oklahoma father was merely sarcastic when he told his son about committing suicide.
Nevertheless, for the time being, Jensen will be treated as any suspect.
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