A New Jersey man abandoned his two-year-old son to die after robbing a Walmart, then crashing his car and fleeing the scene, police say.
Christopher Kuhn, 27, was arrested on multiple charges, including murder, vehicular homicide, and retail theft, the New York Post reports.
Kuhn allegedly fled a Pennsylvania Walmart pn Tuesday after stealing $228 worth of speakers. In his rush to get away, the father failed to buckle in his 2-year-old son, Qadan. He did, however, have time to cover his license plate with a sweater.
Affidavit:Christopher Kuhn,27,let 2yr old son in backseat&didn't strap him in childseat while Kuhn covered license plate with sweatshirt 1/2 pic.twitter.com/YJn7d8DkYZ
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) October 4, 2017
Bob James, of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, said Kuhn was more concerned with covering the license plate than securing his son in his car seat.
“It was more important for Mr. Kuhn to attempt to get away from a misdemeanor retail theft by covering his license plate with his sweatshirt than it was to properly secure his two-year-old son in his car seat before fleeing at a high rate of speed.”
Kuhn “t-boned” another driver when he an a red light. His car flipped, then hit another car in the opposite direction. The little boy was projected from the vehicle, but instead of going to his child, the father fled on foot.
Fernando Medrano was involved in the accident. He said he witnessed the horrifying scene.
“I saw it when the baby flew, and I saw when Kuhn ran away. I just can’t believe he ran away.”
A family friend said the father is, “in his own private hell…but he has a lot of problems. He had a lot of things going on in his mind.”
The baby was brought to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Kuhn was eventually caught after a brief foot chase.
He is being held on a $5 million bond.
District Attorney James said it’s unfathomable how a dad could leave his child like that.
“It’s unreal. How can a dad choose even his own freedom over the health and safety and welfare of his own kid.”
[Feature Photo: Buck’s County District Attorney’s Office]