Police Search for Kids Thrown Off South Alabama Bridge

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) - Authorities are searching coastal waters for the bodies of four children after police say they were thrown off a bridge by their father.

Police say 37-year-old Lam Luong of Irvington confessed last night to driving to the Dauphin Island bridge, stopping and tossing the youngsters off. The bridge is as high as 80 feet above the water in places.

The children ranged in age from four months to 3 years old. Police say the suspect is the biological father of three of the children and raised the fourth from infancy.

Bayou La Batre Police Chief John Joyner said Luong, who came to the coastal town from Vietnam in 1984 and was a shrimper, apparently had a dispute with his wife, Ngoc Phan, before taking the children to the bridge.

Police say Luong reported the children missing Monday, saying a woman who had the children failed to return them to him.

He's being held in Mobile County Metro Jail and faces four counts of capital murder.

At least three boats are being used in the search.

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