A New Jersey man allegedly robbed a Pennsylvania Walmart, fled in his SUV, crashed his SUV, and fled on foot, leaving his two-year-old son to die in the street, Fox News is reporting.
Christopher Kuhn, 27, of Hamilton, New Jersey, allegedly shoplifted $228 worth of speakers form a Levittown, Pennsylvania, Walmart, and rushed outside to his SUV. Rather than buckle his 2-year-old son into his car seat, Kuhn instead allegedly was more interested in concealing his license plate with his sweatshirt. He then took off at a high speed, authorities say, running a red light and crashing into at least two vehicles.
Fernando Medrano was driving one of the vehicles Kuhn allegedly crashed into. He says that Kuhn’s vehicle flipped, and that the toddler was thrown from the vehicle.
“I saw it when the baby flew.”
According to Bob James, of the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, Kuhn paused briefly to look at his son as he lay dying in the street, then fled on foot.
“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 was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
Christopher Kuhn, resident of Hamilton, N.J., charged 3rd degree murder and homicide by vehicle in death of 2-year-old son. pic.twitter.com/N6hJtNwNZH
— Tom Sofield (@BuxMontNews) October 4, 2017
First responders on the scene performed CPR on the young boy, identified by WPVI-TV (Philadelphia) as Kuhn’s son Qadan, but they were unable to save his life.
“It’s unreal. How can a dad choose even his own freedom over the health and safety and welfare of his own kid.”
Diana Williams, a family friend of Kuhn, tells WPVI that Kuhn will suffer for his actions that day.
“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.”
Meanwhile, according to James, Kuhn had shared custody of the young boy with his mother. She will never see him again.
“Instead of picking up her child last night at 8 o’clock, she got to go visit her son the last time in a hospital. Her deceased son.”
This is not Kuhn’s first run-in with the law involving a child. In 2016, according to earlier reports, he allegedly bit, strangled, and held a screwdriver to his girlfriend’s neck while she held her then nine-month-old son. It is not clear, as of this writing, if the child involved in that incident was Qadan.
Kuhn was taken to jail, where he remains held on $5,000,000 bond. He faces charges of third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, and retail theft.
[Featured Image by Bucks County Prison]