A man accused of drowning his 15-month-old son was indicted on a murder charge last week, and his trial will begin Aug. 5.
Joaquin S. Rams, 40, had taken out more than $500,000 in life insurance on his son, Prince McLeod Rams, according to court documents. Prince, who had been the subject of a custody dispute between his mother, Hera McLeod, and Rams, was rushed to the hospital Oct. 20 after an emergency call. He died a day later.
Prince arrived at the hospital with injuries to his face and body, and was naked, wet and cold, according to court testimony and a hospital report. Prince had a history of fever-induced seizures, and Rams told investigators that he had splashed ice water on the boy to bring down a fever, according to documents.
Rams faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted, Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul B. Ebert (D) said. Ebert said he has not decided whether to seek a capital murder charge, for which Rams could face the death penalty if convicted.