Front page on both local papers, plus fodder for drive time radio last night.
The Belle Plaine man who fatally shot his 8-year-old son in the chest last month while turkey hunting had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, according to a felony second-degree manslaughter charge filed Monday.
Anthony Klaseus, 39, told authorities that he told his son, Hunter, to stay put as he circled a field to approach turkeys sometime after 5 p.m. April 19 in a field east of Crahan Lane near County Road 6 in Sibley County, according to charges filed in Sibley County District Court.
Klaseus called to the turkeys. They called back and moved toward him.
"Then I heard something snap or break near me, and a large figure rose up," he told authorities. "I thought it was a turkey, and I shot and it went down. I thought I shot the turkey. Then my son jumped back up screaming and then fell back down."
Every paragraph, it seems, has even more details that make the story worse. I continue to be amazed at the level of irresponsibility and self-absorption of some parents. There's a time and a place for drinking beer and taking a few hits from your bong, but you've got to hope that most people would realize that a hunting afternoon with your son isn't one of those times or places.