Dad Allegedly Crashes Car to Kill His Toddler

Nathan Weitzel 'did not think he was man enough to raise a child'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2016 4:58 PM CDT
Cops: Dad Tried to Kill Son in Pre-Planned Car Crash
Nathan Weitzel   (Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office)

A Colorado father is accused of attempting to kill his 2-year-old son in a pre-planned car crash because "he did not think he was man enough to raise a child," KUSA reports. Authorities say 29-year-old Nathan Weitzel was watching his son Isaiah play at the park when he hatched the plan and went looking for "a good place to crash the car and kill his son." Weitzel allegedly buckled up but left Isaiah unrestrained before crashing into several parked cars while going 75mph. According to KMGH, witnesses saw Weitzel hitting Isaiah following the crash. By the time first responders got to the scene, witnesses had pulled the toddler from the car. Authorities say Weitzel, who was still in the car, tried to cut his own throat with a piece of glass and punched the firefighter who stopped him.

Isaiah suffered a concussion and a broken leg in the crash, the Denver Post reports. Half his body is in a cast, he needed stitches on his head, and his mom, Nancy Lopez, says it will be two months before he can walk again. Lopez tells KUSA that Weitzel, who had custody of Isaiah on the weekends, needs to "be in jail for a long time." Weitzel has been charged with attempted murder, child abuse, assault, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance, and vehicular assault. He's facing 48 years in prison on the attempted murder charge alone. Authorities say he admitted to a drug and drinking problem and said he used cocaine prior to the crash. (More attempted murder stories.)

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