An 18-year-old college freshman facing charges of murdering his girlfriend's newborn son surrendered Thursday while onlookers shouted "baby killer!" and his mother wept.
Brian Peterson Jr., accompanied by his parents and his lawyer, turned himself in to the FBI in Wilmington.A federal fugitive warrant had been issued late Tuesday after authorities became frustrated with efforts to negotiate the surrender.
Peterson, a student at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, and Amy Grossberg, his sweetheart from their high school days in New Jersey, could be sentenced to die if convicted. They're accused of dumping the newborn in a trash bin outside a Newark, Del., motel shortly after his birth in a motel room last week.
Grossberg, an 18-year-old student at the University of Delaware, was arrested Monday and was being held without bail.
Peterson and his parents walked two blocks to the FBI offices about 9:30 a.m.
In front of the Family Court building, a woman shouted at the family, "How would you feel if somebody dumped your baby into a garbage can?" Others yelled "baby killer!" But one woman yelled, "Brian, you're in my prayers."
Peterson's mother, Barbara, cried out and buried her face in her son's shoulder.
She had her arms wrapped around her son and was sobbing when FBI agents and dozens of reporters and photographers surrounded the family about a half-block from the FBI offices.
Peterson, wearing a blue Villanova baseball cap, blue jacket and jeans, looked dazed.
His mother shouted "I want to go with him! I want to go with him!" as the young man was led into the building.
Once inside, Peterson started crying but also comforted his sobbing mother, telling her it would be all right, his attorney Joseph A. Hurley said.
FBI agent Tim Munson said Peterson was taken to the Newark police station, where he will be booked. He'll then be taken to Gander Hill Prison for arraignment.
Peterson and Grossberg both come from wealthy families and were considered "good kids" in their affluent neighborhoods in northern New Jersey, just outside New York.
Hurley said Peterson's family considered sending the teenager overseas to avoid prosecution and that he "tried to talk them out of it," by telling them Peterson would have to go a hostile country where they wouldn't want him to live.