A man in New Jersey allegedly left his son to die in a car crash he caused after shoplifting from Walmart. Christopher Kuhn, 27, of Hamilton, was fleeing the store on Tuesday after allegedly stealing $228 worth of speakers, according to Fox News. His 2-year-old son wasn’t buckled up or in a car seat, WPVI-TV reports. Kuhn reportedly concealed his license plate with a sweatshirt. He ran a red light and got into an accident with two other vehicles. The toddler was thrown from Kuhn’s car and onto the road. Police claim the dad looked at his son before fleeing on foot. He was caught by police soon after.
"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 2-year-old son in his car seat before fleeing at a high rate of speed," Bob James, of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, said.
The father’s bail has been set at $5 million. His friend said Kuhn is distraught.
"I can tell you right now that he is in his own private hell, and he is going to suffer and hold on to this for the rest of his life," Diana Williams told WPVI-TV.
One of the other drivers in the accident, Fernando Medrano, said Kuhn was driving too fast.
"I saw it when the baby flew, and I saw Kuhn run away," Medrano said. "I just can't believe he ran away."
The toddler died in the accident.
Kuhn was driving with a suspended license, the Bucks County Courier Times reports. In 2016, Kuhn allegedly bit, strangled and held a screwdriver to his ex-girlfriend’s neck while she was holding Kuhn’s 9-month-old child. He previously threatened to kill the same girlfriend, the Trentonian reported. It is unclear if the child who died this week is the same child in the previous arrest reports.
[Photo: Bucks County Jail]