Local man thankful child-killer Shawn Palmer transferred out-of-province

Picking up a copy of Saturday’s Chatham Daily News yielded a Chatham father a huge sigh of relief.

“It was like an early Christmas present,” he said, speaking with the promise of anonymity, “Because his wife would prefer that.”

The man said he was drawn to read the front page story about the transfer of child-killer Shawn Tyler Palmer to an out-of-province minimum-security institution.

In March 2006, Palmer was sentenced to 13 years in the death of 22-month-old Donny Clubb of Chatham in June 2005.

“Shawn Palmer caused a lot of friction in the (my) family,” said the grey-haired man.

One of his daughters dated Palmer after the toddler’s death for years until “three or four months ago,” he said.

“One of my son-in-law’s didn’t want him (Palmer) anywhere near his children. We had concern for our two granddaughters,” he added.

The man’s daughter has two children from a previous relationship who were preteens when their mother started dating Palmer.

“She felt sorry for him,” her father said.

The relationship grew over time.

Asked if the couple had conjugal visits, he replied in the affirmative.

The man went on to explain how his own faith taught him patience to help him live with the fact his own daughter was in a relationship with a convicted c....

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