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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Nancy Location: Seminole County on Jan 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    He needs to be punished for what he has done. He deserves no mercy and he will have it easy in jail because in there they get all the accomodations that one needs. Jail is no longer a punishment it is like a motel stay or better. Free education, dental/medical, meals, a/c and heating, counseling, and etc. You name it they got it. So he really won't be punished. In Japan if one kills he/she will die. No exceptions!!!!! That is what he deserves!!!!!
  • by donna Location: al on Jan 10, 2008 at 06:17 AM
    this made me sick this morning and i cryed.i feel sorry for the mom and other family members and those poor babies..i hope they throw him off that same bridge
  • by Old Man Location: Cowarts on Jan 9, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    The father should be thrown off the same bridge.
  • by Brenda Location: Geneva County on Jan 9, 2008 at 12:13 PM
    This is a horrible tragedy. What state of shock this mother must be in. She & her family are in my prayers. I hope he receives the punishment he deserves. He definately will from god because these babies were God's Little Angels.
  • by Ryan Location: Jacksonville on Jan 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    I am outraged. This senseless act of violence proves that we need harsher sentences for people like this. This man did not care about the children, did not care he'd be going to jail. The fact that he did this and lied about it shows how depraved he is. Jail and the death sentence is too good for this man. He's going to be convicted of 4 capital murders, he needs to be beaten to death. No trial is necessary he admitted to doing it, he doesn't deserve to be defended. I can't imagine a lawyer wanting to come near this man. Killing 4 innocent children! One only 4 months old...It angers me greatly he needs to die, he shouldn't be allowed to rot in jail or should be given an almost painless lethal injection. He needs to pay for what he's done with lots and lots of pain.
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