Texas authorities are searching for a father who is accused of abandoning his infant at the scene of a crash. Officials with the Department of Public Safety said the unidentified man was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Sunday evening. Although the father fled the scene, his infant son was abandoned in the middle of the road.
As reported by USA Today, authorities determined the man struck a mailbox and lost control of the vehicle. The infant was ejected when the car flipped over and landed on its roof. A witness found the infant face down in a pool of blood — approximately 20 feet away from the vehicle.
Authorities confirmed the baby was transported to a local hospital for treatment. However, his current condition is unknown.
According to reports, the child’s mother arrived on scene moments after the father fled. The woman admitted that she and her son’s father had argued earlier in the evening. Amid the argument, the man reportedly grabbed the infant, strapped him into the car, and drove away “at a high rate of speed.”
Authorities confirmed the man was driving a red Ford Fusion. The accident occurred on East Williams, near the intersection of South Williams, in Montgomery County.
It is unclear whether the father was injured in the crash. However, he is currently wanted for questioning.
Although the DPS confirmed the man abandoned his infant son at the scene, the incident is still under investigation. A DPS representative said more details about the incident will be disclosed during an upcoming press conference.
In 2013, a San Diego man was arrested and charged in a similar incident. Authorities said Angelo Fabiani, age 40, crashed his vehicle and abandoned his injured child. Although Fabiani extracted his son from the vehicle, he fled before authorities arrived on scene. The 4-year-old boy was left bleeding on the side of the road.
Officials confirmed the child survived the crash. However, he died eight days later. As reported by Fox 5, Fabiani was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, child endangerment, and “hit-and-and-run with serious injury or death.”
Authorities do not believe either man intended to harm, or kill, their sons. However, both children were seriously injured as a result of their fathers’ poor decisions. The father of the abandoned infant has not been identified, but authorities are currently attempting to make contact.