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Platt pleads guilty to slitting son's throat

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AP file photo of Danny Platt on his way to New Orleans jail on Jan. 3, 2009 AP file photo of Danny Platt on his way to New Orleans jail on Jan. 3, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 26-year-old New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to capital murder, admitting that he slit his 2-year-old son's throat to avoid paying $4,000 in overdue child support.

Danny Platt was sentenced to life in prison Thursday. The only promise prosecutor Robert Moore made him was that the state would not seek to execute him.

Ja'Shawn Powell's body was found in a gym bag on Jan. 2, 2009, near a playground.

The coroner said his throat had been slashed and he bled to death.

Platt reportedly told police first that kidnappers wielding assault rifles snatched the boy on a street corner, but later confessed to the killing.

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This AP report has been confirmed through the DA's office and FOX 8's archives.

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