Ryan Burge, 37, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of five-year-old Hartley Anderson, pictured in a 2007 mugshot
An emotional father attempted to attack the man accused of killing his five-year-old daughter as he sat on trial.
Ryan Burge, 37, is suspected of killing Hartley Anderson Friday after she was found unconscious and ‘bleeding badly’ with severe head trauma by her mother.
Burge had been dating Hartley’s mother Natasha Luchau for three months and was looking after her when he told police the Hartley had injured herself while throwing a tantrum.
The courtroom was packed Monday with friends and family wearing #JusticeforHartley t-shirts as Burge faced the judge.
But Hartley’s father Peter Anderson could not control his rage as he rushed toward the accused murderer and was carried out of court by police.
As Monday’s proceedings ended, one person in the group of Hartley supporters yelled: ‘Burn! Burn in Hell!’
Hartley’s mother was seen uncontrollably sobbing in courtroom and needed assistance to be carried into an elevator.
Hartley’s father Peter Anderson rushed toward Burge Monday in court
Anderson is seen being dragged out of the courtroom Monday as he became emotional over the death of his daughter Hartley
Hartley Anderson, five, was found unconscious and ‘bleeding badly’ with severe head trauma last week in Vancouver, Washington
Police arrived to the apartment complex in Vancouver, Washington last Friday.t
The little girl was taken to the hospital and then transferred to Randall Children’s Hospital, where she died of her injuries.
A neurosurgeon told police that her injuries could not be self-inflicted, case documents show.
Burge was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on second-degree murder where he is being held on $5million bond.
Luchau’s co-worker Lisa Balch, passed out the black t-shirts with Hartley’s photo on the front and is taking donations for the family.
‘She was at our Halloween party at work on Wednesday, and I got my last hug from her. And it’s heartbreaking to see someone go through all this,’ Balch told KATU.
Hartley was dressed as a butterfly just last week.
Her grandfather Tim Lauchau said: ‘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.’
In 2008, Burge pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and admitted to setting his duplex on fire with the hope of collecting rental insurance.
Burge was sentenced to six years in prison.