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MANASSAS, Va. — Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against a Manassas father charged with drowning his 18-month-old son last year.

Prince William Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said Tuesday he obtained a capital murder indictment against 40-year-old Joaquin Shadow Rams, who had already been facing generic murder charges in death of his son, Prince McLeod Rams.

The case is eligible for the death penalty under Virginia law because the victim was under the age of 14.

Court records indicate that Rams had taken out life insurance policies on his son totaling more than $500,000.

Rams is also under investigation for two other deaths — the 2003 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Shawn Mason, and the 2008 death of his mother, Alma Collins, which police initially said was a suicide.

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