Dad dragged from court for trying to attack man accused of killing daughter, 5

A devastated father was hauled from court after he tried to attack the man accused of killing his daughter.

Footage shows how Peter Anderson was dragged away from the courtroom by sheriff’s deputies as he attempted to rush towards the dock.

Ryan Burge, 37, is accused of killing Hartley Anderson at the home of his girlfriend in Vancouver, Washington, US, last Friday.

The five-year-old was rushed to hospital after her mother, Natasha Luchau, returned to discover her bleeding and suffering from severe head trauma.

Hartley was transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Ms. Luchau was comforted by friends and relatives as she sobbed uncontrollably during the proceedings.

Burge, who had reportedly dated Harley’s mother for three months, was minding the girl when the incident happened.


He told police Hartley had seriously hurt herself while throwing a tantrum.

A neurosurgeon contradicted Burge’s claims and said it was implausible the girl had inflicted the injuries on herself.

Friends and family packed the courtroom wearing #JusticeforHartley t-shirts as Burge’s charges were read out.

Luchau’s co-worker Lisa Balch, passed out black t-shirts with Hartley’s photo on the front and took donations for the grieving family.



Her grandfather Tim Lauchau told KATU : "I’ll never get to see her graduate from high school or get married or anything. He took that from us.

"He took the joy we had with her away. I just hope the system works. I hope the system works."

Burge is currently at Clark County Jail on a second-degree murder charge and is being held on a $5m (£3.8m) bond.

In 2008, Burge pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and admitted setting his home alight in order to collect rental insurance.

He was sentenced to six years in prison for the offence.

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