Fikri Erdem and son Hakan, 12. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Gwinnett dad charged with killing special needs son booked into jail

The Gwinnett County father accused of cutting the throat of his 12-year-old son with special needs has been booked into jail, online records showed.

Fikri Erdem, 47, was charged with murder immediately following the apparent murder-suicide attempt that took the life of his son, Hakan, on Nov. 16, but was hospitalized following the incident. Records showed he was booked into the Gwinnett County jail around 7:15 p.m. Thursday and is being held without bond.

According to information previously released by police, Erdem called 911 around 9 p.m. on Nov. 16 after killing his son in a pickup truck outside the First Baptist Church of Lilburn. Erdem cut the boy’s throat with a kitchen knife before stabbing himself in the arms, police said.

Just over an hour earlier, Erdem had left his wife a voicemail telling her he was sorry and asking her to tell their daughters that it was an accident, Lilburn police said.

Hakan Erdem suffered from cerebral palsy. His mother told authorities that he screamed and yelled a great deal and needed constant care, and that his father had been unable to sleep for about 10 days before the incident.

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