Man Who Killed His Son Stays in Treatment

A Fairbank man who shot and killed his son in 2019 has been ordered to remain in treatment, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. 60 year old Daniel Niebuhr shot his son, 36 year old Brock Niebuhr to death at the elder Niebuhr’s rural Fairbank home in 2019 during an apparent mental health episode. In the trial he was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center for an evaluation. On Monday the court received an update that recommended Niebuhr be kept in a facility like the Mental Health Institute in Independence. During the trial a forensic psychiatrist testified that he diagnosed Niebuhr with major depressive disorder with psychotic features and mixed features. He also testified that Niebuhr did not understand the difference between right and wrong.