Andrew Wragg Out On Bail, Waiting For Hearing Over Son's
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 5, 2004
WORTHING, ENGLAND--The father of Jacob Wragg has been released on bail while he waits for an October 22 hearing on charges that he murdered his son.
Judge Richard Brown of Lewes Crown Court granted bail to Andrew Wragg, 36, who spent the previous 10 days in jail.
Wragg has been charged with the July 24 suffocation death of his 10-year-old son. Jacob had Hunter syndrome, an hereditary condition in which the person's body cannot process certain chemicals. Children with Hunter syndrome usually experience a number of disabilities, and often die before age 20.
On the day of his Jacob's death, Wragg reportedly told a friend he was frustrated that his son no longer acknowledged or recognized him.
Police believe Wragg suffocated Jacob with a pillow, but have not yet assigned a motive.
Wragg's family and friends were in court to show support for him.
Mary Wragg was arrested with her husband on July 26, but was later released without being charged.
The couple have been active in campaigns to raise awareness of Hunter syndrome, along with funds for other families whose children have the condition.
Jacob's death may be reminiscent of other cases of "altruistic filicide", which is the killing of a child -- usually one with disabilities -- out of a belief that the death is in the child's best interest.