A New Jersey dad is charged with leaving his dying son in the SUV he crashed while fleeing a Walmart, where cops say he’d just stolen speakers.
Christopher Kuhn, of Hamilton, N.J., is currently held on $5 million for the horrific incident Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old suspect had just lifted a Vizio TV sound bar worth $228 from a Walmart in Tullytown, Pa., the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
He was putting his 2-year-old son, Qadan, in his car seat when someone spotted him, local ABC affiliate WPVI reported. Instead of buckling the ill-fated Qadan in, Kuhn instead focused on covering the license plate to his 2007 Jeep with his sweater.
“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,” prosecutor Bob James told the news channel.
Kuhn ran a red light as he fled the parking lot. A GMC Envoy that had the greenlight wasn’t able to stop, slamming into the side of Kuhn’s SUV, which flipped and then hit another vehicle.
“I tried to brake, but I couldn’t,” Fernando Medrano, who was driving the other car, told WPVI. “It was too late. He was moving too fast.”
Qadan, who was never secured in his seat, was sent flying out of the car.
Kuhn got out of the Jeep, walked over to his son and stared at the dying boy before fleeing on foot, the Courier Times reported.
Cops arrested Kuhn shortly after, while his son was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.
He was charged with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, and retail theft, according to reports.
Kuhn, who’d been driving with a suspended license, reportedly broke down during his Tuesday night arraignment.
“Nobody knows what was going through his mind. Not to excuse what he did, but he has a lot of problems. He had a lot of things going on in his mind,” family friend Diana Williams told WPVI.