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Dad Pleaded Guilty To Attempted Murder Of Toddler After Deliberately Crashing Vehicle

A dad from Colorado admitted that a car crash was no accident. The father felt he wasn't prepared to raise a child, so he deliberately crashed his speeding car while his son was unbuckled. The father was high on cocaine at the time.

In August of 2016, 31-year-old Nathan Weitzel crashed his Acura Sedan into several parked cars while driving at high speed. Weitzel was wearing his seat belt, but his child, 2-and-a-half-year-old Isaiah, was in the back of the car and not restrained.

The father later revealed that this was a deliberate attempt to kill his son.

Weitzel, who was separated from the child's mother, was visiting with his son that day. He was also reportedly using cocaine. Some point during the day he got the idea that things would be easier if his son was dead.

"While he was at the park letting Isaiah play he sat in the park and thought of a way to kill his son. Nathan said he left the park [and] he drove around looking for a good place to crash the car and kill his son," read court documents.

After the crash, witnesses say they ran out of their homes to help the injured parties. One person saw Weitzel 'hitting the child ... it looked like an elbow. It was horrifying'.  

The father and son were dragged out of the car. A sheriff who arrived on the scene said Isaiah was crying and drifting in and out of consciousness.

He was rushed to the hospital and suffered from several severe injuries. The toddler was unable to walk for months after the crash and had to be immobilized for a time.

Weitzel was arrested. Isaiah's mother, Nancy Lopez, demanded justice for her son. "He's in the place that he should be. He needs to be in jail for a long time," she said of her ex's arrest.

The mom couldn’t fathom how the father of her child could have come up with such a plan.

"He's a really caring boy. He's really compassionate with other kids," Lopez said of her son to 9 News in Denver. "I don't understand why or how (Weitzel) could do something like this, but I'm hoping Isaiah recovers soon people pray for us and for my son to get better."

Weitzel appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree attempted murder. This was a change from his plea last year, when he argued he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped six other charges of child abuse, assault, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and vehicular assault. Sentencing is scheduled for April 3.

Weitzel now admits he felt being a father was a 'big responsibility' and that he realized he 'did not think he was man enough to raise a child', according to a report by investigators.

When Weitzel pleaded insanity, Lopez started a campaign to garner support on Facebook. "Help fight for my son. The pain isn't over. And his dad is trying to get away with it. Help support my baby Isaiah!" she wrote.

Source: MailOnline
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