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The shocking arrest of the ‘Barney & Friends’ creator’s son.

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Barney the purple dinosaur has brought joy to children around the world with the TV show. Through laughter, smiles and music, Barney & friends provided children with a fun and educational experience and captivated them with his energy. But behind the song “I Love You” was a concerned young man who inspired the series.

The Creator’s son ended up in prison. Before his arrest, he had reportedly shown signs that he was on a difficult path.

In 1988, Sheryl founded Leach Barney the Dinosaur to keep their 2-year-old son Patrick Leach busy. At the time, she was newly married and a full-time mom who couldn’t find stimulating children’s shows for Patrick. Originally, Barney was supposed to be a bear. But she found out that Patrick loved dinosaurs and decided to make him a purple Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Sheryl founded Barney & Friends with Kathy Parker and Dennis DeShazer. The program was first released via a series of home videos called Barney and the Backyard Gangsold directly to the public in her hometown of Texas through door-to-door marketing by other moms whose kids loved the video.

It started from there. 1992 the series Barney & friends Premiered on PBS. Sheryl left the show in 1998 when Patrick got older to focus on her family. The show ran until 2010.

According to insiders who appeared on the Peacock documentary i love you you hate me Patrick developed a love-hate relationship with Barney. He also reportedly longed for more time with his mother, as he was mainly raised by his father at home while his mother worked to promote the show.

Sheryl and Patrick’s father, Jim, divorced in 2001. He died by suicide in 2004. Jim’s death affected Patrick.

As he got older, Patrick reportedly started having problems. But nobody expected what happened in 2013. Patrick was arrested for shooting and shooting his neighbor Erick Shanks following an argument over Erick’s trespassing on Patrick’s Malibu mansion. Shanks survived the wounds.

Patrick was 27 at the time. He was pulled over by police on the Pacific Coast Highway and a search revealed he had a loaded handgun and rifle in the car. Patrick was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2015 after pleading not to contest the charges. His sentence was commuted to 5 to 8 years.

According to the documentary, Patrick was released from prison in 2020. He still lives in the same house in Malibu and remains engaged to the mother of his two children.

Sheryl moved to Turk’s & Caicos. She reportedly owns and operates restaurants there. Prior to the 2013 incident, Patrick worked there for some time. Sheryl did not take part in the Peacock documentary.

Sheryl has devoted much of her time to philanthropy since retiring from the show. She has founded an organization and is also involved in land conservation and owns a farm in South Africa.

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