A 41-year-old father from Parma, Ohio, has just been arrested after turning himself into police on May 12. The man reportedly drove himself straight to a Cleveland Police Station with his deceased son in the car with him.
At around 9 p.m., the father entered the station and told police that he needed to turn himself in for a crime. Officers noted that the suspect had cuts on his arms, but they have not yet released details about how the suspect was harmed. Instead of being immediately detained, the father was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. He remains under police guard while under the hospital’s care. The police department has confirmed that the father will be arrested and detained at Parma Jail once he is released from medical care.
As the suspect was being taken to the hospital, authorities decided to search his vehicle. The car was still parked in the police station’s parking lot when officers realized a young boy was in the backseat. Authorities rushed to rescue the 18-month-old boy from the vehicle, but they found him unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics responded to the scene and rushed him to University Hospital’s Parma Hospital while attempting to perform life-saving compression maneuvers on the youngster. Sadly, the boy was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Further details have not yet been released as police continue to investigate the situation. The father has not been charged with the toddler’s death, but police have confirmed that he will be arrested once he is medically discharged.