An Ohio man, Johnathan Baker, kidnaps and kills a toddler in a police chase
An Ohio man kidnapped his girlfriend’s young daughter and fled from police in a yellow Camaro before crashing into a house, resulting in the baby’s death.
Johnathan Baker, 23, took the 7-month-old child after an argument with the girl’s mother Tuesday in north Baltimore, police said.
Baker had told his girlfriend, the baby’s mother, that he had suicidal and homicidal thoughts and claimed he killed the little girl.
The mother called police to report the kidnapping and the threats, saying she believed Baker was armed.
North Baltimore Police issued an alert to look out for Baker and his vehicle, and an off-duty officer spotted his car using the description provided by the office.
He followed Baker and briefed colleagues who rushed to the Tiffin location in squad cars, said Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly.
When officers tried to stop Baker, he rolled over and crashed into a house at full speed, the police chief said.
“The Camaro began accelerating at high speed, erratically went off the roadway through the front yard of an apartment building and crashed into another apartment building, knocking it off the foundation,” Pauly said in a statement.
At that time nobody was in the house.
Officers broke down the Camaro’s rear window and pulled out the infant, who was bleeding from the head and suffering from breathing difficulties, police said.
Rescue workers provided first aid to the baby and Baker at the scene and both were helicoptered to Tiffin Mercy Hospital.
The little girl died from her injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital, while Baker remains in critical condition.
“My heart aches for the family of this innocent child and rest assured that this matter will be thoroughly investigated to find out exactly why and what happened today,” Pauly said in a statement Tuesday.
Investigators found a loaded firearm and two spent cartridges in the Camaro.
Police did not say if Baker is the girl’s father.