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Posted at 6:42 PM ET, 09/18/2010

Frederick man accused of strangling son

By Luke Rosiak

Frederick police say they have charged a man who tried to suffocate his 19-month-old son.

Police say they were called to a home on Fairfield Drive about 5:30 p.m. Friday and found 33-year-old Alton Ambush attempting to suffocate his son. They say despite an officer's pleas for him to stop, Ambush became more enraged and squeezed the child harder.

Other officers arrived and fought with Ambush to get him to release the boy, who police say began turning blue.

Police say they eventually got the father to let go of his son. The boy recovered after being treated at a hospital.

Ambush also was taken to a hospital for evaluation to determine his motive. Police issued an arrest warrant charging him with child abuse, assault and other charges.

--Associated Press from The Frederick (Md.) News-Post

By Luke Rosiak  | September 18, 2010; 6:42 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Officers asking the assailant to stop? Should have just busted a cap on him and he would have immediately complied.

Posted by: slim2 | September 18, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

yea that makes sense slim2... The guy's got mental problems obviously, and rather than deal with those you'd make the child an orphan. Wow, way to show concern for the child there. Way to care about taking life for all that matter.

This was a good police response. No one got hurt, and they stopped a kid from being hurt more. I'll call that a win & a very good job.

Posted by: Nymous | September 19, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the first poster, shoot him! If he did it once, he will try again.... I know if my dad tried to choke me out, could care less how much treatment he got for his mental messup, I would not want to be around him and would hope the police and judicial system would make that possible. Either way, the kid is the victim. I would rather be orphaned then dead. Mom could possibly re-marry or something.

Posted by: rvanags | September 19, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Some judge will probably unite them after a few counseling sessions.

Posted by: oldtire | September 19, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully there will be more postings from people with sense. This is a tragedy all the way around. The child may never have their father, the father may never have his child, everyone loses. Killing him would have solved nothing.

Posted by: tojo45 | September 19, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness the police were able to save the baby and not cause injury to the possibly mentally disabled father. This is an occasion where the police have done every right. Great job law enforcement officers!

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | September 19, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I had not read the previous comments before posting my own. I disagree that violence should have been used. The police didn't need to murder the father without cause. They did what was best given the circumstances, and saved everyone. Who knows what mental disorder the father may suffer from, perhaps PTSD.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | September 19, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Let me say I HATE waking up in the morning and reading or seeing articles like this in the news. I know it is news and things like this happen all the time, but it puts a slight damper on my day.

That said, I am happy to hear the child recovered. It's possible the man does not have mental issues, but was high on some type of narcotic. Ill or well, there is no reason to choke/suffocate a child. I do agree with one poster that if he did it once, it's likely he will try again, so in my humble opinion, he should never be allowed to be around that child unsupervised again. That may sound harsh to some, but children do not have a voice and it is up to us, responsible adults, to protect them and ensure they are heard.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | September 19, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Let me say I HATE waking up in the morning and reading or seeing articles like this in the news. I know it is news and things like this happen all the time, but it puts a slight damper on my day.

That said, I am happy to hear the child recovered. It's possible the man does not have mental issues, but was high on some type of narcotic. Ill or well, I just can't fathom a reason to choke/suffocate a child. I do agree with one poster that if he did it once, it's likely he will try again, so in my humble opinion, he should never be allowed to be around that child unsupervised again. That may sound harsh to some, but children do not have a voice and it is up to us, responsible adults, to protect them and ensure they are heard.

Posted by: gladiatorgal | September 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse


One quick shot to the side of the head with a extendable baton would have done the trick.

Excuse me folks, the kid's "turning blue." At what point do you think he might begin suffering brain damage.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | September 19, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

torture him until he begs for death.....then cripple him for life....leave him in a gutter to die slowly

Posted by: OldSalt8 | September 19, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Just need The Simpson theme song in the background. They could have taken a baton to the father's knee caps. The kid would probably be better without the dad.

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Posted by: strade80 | September 19, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Lord have mercy on us. There is so much evil in the world. I am so glad that the child recovered and that the police were able to save him without having to kill his father. If the father does suffer from a mental illness, I pray that he will receive the help he needs. If drugs were the issue, then the law should handle the situation. We need to stop exhibiting hate and unforgiveness. For those who thought the guy should have been killed, perhaps you could have spent the time it took to post the message to pray for the "FATHER AND THE SON." Huuumh!! Sound familiar?

Posted by: edillard | September 19, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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