Ohio Man Abducts His 7-Month-Old Daughter. Then, He Crashes Car Into a House, Killing The Child, Officials Say.

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Jun. 29 2023, Published 3:43 p.m. ET

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A man from Ohio kidnapped his 7-month-old daughter and then talked with police for almost an hour before crashing his car into a house, according to authorities.

On June 27, deputies were told to be on the lookout for a yellow Camaro, the Tiffin Police Department announced.

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The suspect allegedly told the baby’s mother he was “feeling homicidal and suicidal” and said he had killed the baby. He was also allegedly armed, police said.

An off-duty officer first saw the vehicle and called into dispatch as he started following it, authorities said.

Officers arrived on the scene and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Jonathan Baker, allegedly accelerated “at a high rate of speed” and “erratically drove off the roadway through the front yard of one residence and crashing into another residence, knocking it off its foundation,” officials said.

Deputies broke out the back window of the vehicle after the crash and removed the baby, who was seriously injured and had “labored breathing,” according to Tiffin Police Chief David Pauly.

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Both the baby and Baker were transported to Tiffin Mercy Hospital, where the baby would later die. Baker was flown to St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, where he remains, in critical condition, The Advertiser-Tribune reported.

Officials were unsure if the baby died from injuries sustained in the crash or prior to the crash.

According to Dave Lafferty, police chief of North Baltimore, where the incident began, the baby’s mother was able to track Baker using a location app on her phone, The Advertiser-Tribune reported.


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Lafferty said he thinks Baker “forgot to turn it off,” but he had “been talking with him for the last half hour.” During that call, the suspect allegedly told Lafferty he planned on “committing suicide and homicide with the child.”

Lafferty told dispatchers that the suspect was likely armed since the mother found him at a gun store and an officer confirmed with the store that Baker bought two guns, officials said.

While talking with Lafferty, Baker said he was aware that he was being tracked and then the location stopped moving, which officials believe Baker threw the phone out of the vehicle. However, the off-duty officer soon spotted the Camaro.

According to The Advertiser-Tribune, the home that was hit received substantial damage, but it was empty and the utilities had been turned off.

No charges have been filed yet, as prosecutors said they are awaiting results of an autopsy on the baby and for further investigation into the incident.


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