Body of the Youngest of 4 Kids Thrown from Coastal Bridge Found

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A duck hunter this morning found the body of the youngest of four children allegedly thrown from a coastal bridge by their father, raising hopes that the other bodies will be recovered when the search resumes tomorrow.

A search for the Bayou La Batre children -- ranging in age from a few months to 3 years -- began Tuesday near the mouth of Mobile Bay after prosecutors said the father, Lam Luong, confessed.

About 9 a.m. Saturday, a duck hunter found the body of an infant about five miles west of the bridge in a marshy area.

Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran commented, "The inevitable nightmare we have feared has now been confirmed. We believe, certainly now, that the father of these children threw these children off the Dauphin Island bridge."

Cochran says a police chaplain informed the children's family of the discovery. Their mother, 23-year-old Kieu Phan, had gone with Luong to report them missing Monday evening.

When told that her infant's body had been found, a grief-stricken Phan wept, comforted by an associate pastor from a Vietnamese congregation that includes some members of her family.

Through an interpreter, Phan asked, "Why didn't he kill me instead of the children? It's too much hurting."

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


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