Man Arrested for Throwing Toddler Into Traffic

OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS/SF CHRON) A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday evening after violently shaking his toddler and then throwing the child in front of a moving car in Oakland.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that he was arrested by an off-duty Oakland police officer who witnessed the incident and hailed a citizen’s vehicle to help chase down the suspect.

The officer was off-duty and on foot when he saw a man yelling in the middle of 5th Avenue near East 15th Street around 5:40 Saturday night.

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The officer, whose name has not been released, said the man then picked up a toddler on the sidewalk, shook the girl violently and then hurled her into traffic, where she was run over by a vehicle.

Authorities said it was later determined the toddler was the suspect’s child.

The off-duty officer helped remove the child from underneath the car. She suffered some burns from the engine, but escaped major injury.

Police said the suspect then fled on foot and that was when the officer flagged down a passing motorist and jumped into the passenger seat.

They spotted the suspect confronting another motorist at 5th Avenue and International Boulevard.

The officer confronted the suspect, who started attacking him.

The officer used his weapon to pistol-whip the suspect. Uniformed officers then arrived on the scene, but the suspect was still combative and they shot him with a Taser stun gun before he was subdued.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment.

  • george

    This is the reason why poeple should be able to have an abortion, they feel obligated to give birht even though they don’t want to have a child
    poor baby….

    • Harry

      This can hardly be used as an argument for deadly violence against an unborn child. If a baby is unwanted or unable to be cared for there are many families longing for a child.
      More to the point…where is the community outrage and furor over this violence against innocence? Does it not matter if it is committed by a community member?

    • Ron

      That’s good that the child escaped major injury, and that the officer was there to help, even though he was off duty.

      As for the comment from “george”: would you tell the little girl that “it would be better off if you had not been born”?

  • Jim

    Thank you officer of the OPD, no excuses for the violence directed towards the child. Justice will be served and perhaps this child will grow up with love and guidance.

  • Stacey

    As a previous social worker and now a therapist, author and foster mother. This disgusts me. This 21 year old is sick and what he did to this toddler with traumatize her for many years. She will remember even at her young age of the trauma he inflicted of her. I agree with give the baby to someone who will care for her and love her before any horrific act like this is committed.

    • john

      Sad , the guy at train station gets shot for resisting arrest and this idiot gets tazed for this..should have shot him or better yet throw him in front of a moving vehicle.

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