TULLYTOWN, Pa. (WTXF) - Police say a father accused of shoplifting has been charged with third-degree murder in connection with a crash that killed his 2-year-old son in Tullytown, Bucks County.
Christopher Kuhn, 27, has been charged with third-degree murder in the death of his own son after police say he was fleeing the scene of a theft.
Police say Kuhn took his 2-year-old son into a Walmart where he tried to steal a $229 VIZIO sound bar when security saw him and called police.
Kuhn attempted to flee the parking lot in his gold Jeep SUV when he ran a red light heading south on Route 13. That's when police say the SUV struck another vehicle and rolled over, ejecting the toddler into the road.
Police say Kuhn then ran from the scene of the crash, stepping over his injured son and stopping to look at him. Officers pursued Kuhn on foot and were able to arrest him while other officers attended to the injured toddler.
The toddler was taken to Lowe Bucks Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Upon further investigation, witnesses told police the child had climbed into the rear driver's side of the SUV and was never secured in his seat by Kuhn, who was busy covering the licenses plate with a sweatshirt while the child was getting into the car.
Police later discovered Kuhn's driver's licenese was suspended, and noted that he was not being pursued by police at the time of the crash.
Kuhn has been charged with homicide by vehicle, accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed, retail theft, endangering the welfare of children, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and running a red light.
Bail has been set at $5 million cash.