February 19, 2014 9:04 am -

Bob O’Callaghan became a division chief at the National Security Agency after having fought in Iraq. He was considered a “loving” father who adopted a 3-year-old Korean boy. O’Callaghan is chief of the Korean Division and has top-secret intelligence clearance.

It is a background that made allegations revealed in Montgomery County District Court on Tuesday seem all the more stunning: Alone with the boy — with his wife out of town, his other son in a different part of the house — O’Callaghan repeatedly struck the child, hitting him so hard that the boy died two days later.

“An absolutely horrific crime on an absolutely innocent young victim,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton, listing injuries to the boy’s head, neck and back. “Basically this child was beaten to death from head to toe.”

Based in part on her assertions, Judge William Simmons denied bond for O’Callaghan, who has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

D.B. Hirsch
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