2018-04-07 18:19:23 UTC
A New Jersey man who authorities said left his 2-year-old son to
die after a car crash has been found guilty of murder.
Christopher Kuhn, 28, crashed as he drove off after allegedly
shoplifting from a Philadelphia-area Walmart.
Prosecutors said Kuhn, of Hamilton, N.J., was convicted
Wednesday of third-degree murder and other charges.
Police say Kuhn fled the Levittown Town Center store in
Pennsylvannia in October after taking $228 worth of television
After jumping in his car, he hastily placed his son inside
without buckling him in, FOX 29 reported.
Kuhn ran a red light and collided with two other vehicles, the
impact throwing his son onto the road.
Police said Kuhn paused to look at his injured son, but stepped
over the toddler before running away from the scene.
"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,"
said Bob James of the Bucks County District Attorneys Office.
The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say he wasn't
in a safety seat.
Kuhn remains jailed on $5 million bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.