Suspect in death of 2-year-old boy: 'I hate myself tremendously'
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Mark Vanderhoof sat silently on Wednesday as a video was played for a Douglas County judge of detectives interviewing him about the alleged murder of a 2-year-old boy.
Vanderhoof, 53, is being charged with four counts of murder. The charges stem from the death of 2-year-old Dennis James Young, who died from severe head injuries in January 2011.
Prosecutors say Vanderhoof beat the boy so severely that he had to be transported to a Portland hospital in critical condition.
A video was shown, in which Vanderhoof talks to a detective about what exactly happened that day.
He said in the video that he struck Dennis when the boy wouldn't stop messing with a dog.
In the video, Vanderhoof says, "I hate myself tremendously."
He said that he was upset, and that he overreacted and he didn't mean for it to cause an injury.
Prior to that day, Vanderhoof said he never hit the boy.
He also said he felt angry as a kid when his own father hit him. He said he needs counseling for his anger, hurt, and coping.
The trial is expected to last through the week.