A Manassas man accused of killing his 151/2-month-old son has been indicted by a Prince William County grand jury on a charge of capital murder, meaning he could face the death penalty.
Joaquin S. Rams, 41, who police say took out more than $500,000 worth of life insurance on his son before the boy’s October death, qualified for the capital murder charge because of his alleged involvement in the “willful, deliberate and premeditated killing” of someone younger than 14, according to Virginia law.
Prince Rams was the subject of a custody dispute and died during a court-ordered visit with his father. Authorities have alleged that Joaquin Rams drowned his son. Rams’s attorney has said the boy was ill and his father rushed him to the bath and splashed water on him in an effort to alleviate a fever-induced seizure.
The indictment, handed up Monday, was kept under seal until Tuesday.