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Baby stabbed to death by teenage father, who is then killed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

The 17-year-old is seen stabbing his 5-month-old son in his car as deputies pursue him in Palmdale, where an Amber Alert had been issued in the infant's abduction.

March 02, 2011|By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times

Sheriff's deputies in Palmdale witnessed a 17-year-old boy stabbing his infant son to death inside a car Tuesday, soon after they recognized his vehicle from a reported kidnapping, authorities said.

The father was shot and killed by deputies after a short pursuit.

The chain of events began just before noon when deputies got a call reporting a child abduction. Investigators learned that a 5-month-old boy had been taken from a baby-sitter and that the father had told the boy's mother via cellphone that he would hurt him.

Deputies spotted the father's car about 3:30 p.m. after an Amber Alert was issued. As a pursuit began, they saw the teenager "motioning as if he was stabbing the baby as he drove the car," said Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

After a three-minute chase, the father's car hit a building and he escaped on foot, officials said. The pursuing deputies found the wounded baby inside the mangled car. The infant was taken to a hospital but did not survive, Parker said.

Other deputies caught up with the father as he was trying to break into a home. Deputies shot at him, but he was able to get inside the home and deputies shot again.

The teenager was killed, Parker said. The names of the father and the son were not released.

robert.faturechi@latimes.com

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