According to authorities, a man grabbed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son named James Rocco Oizan Chapón and fled in her car before smashing into a tree early Thursday morning in Plantation, Florida, killing both himself and the toddler.
At around 3:30 a.m., Plantation police said Ryan Yates, 25, snatched the boy, James Oizan-Chapon, and attempted to flee in his mother, Yasmin Cid’s, black 2014 Mercedes-Benz.
According to authorities, Yates lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree, causing it to catch fire. At the scene, Yates and James Ozian-Chapon were both pronounced dead.
James Ozian-Chapon was 3 years old.
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The three-year-old youngster was warmly characterized as a “handful” by his family members after the vehicle in which he was taken crashed into a tree.
Elizabeth Velasco, a local witness, told the outlet: “I heard two booming sounds right after the crash and then a woman screaming for her baby.”
“She was like, ‘My baby! My baby!’ And I actually started crying when I heard that cause I felt really helpless and I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Yates and Cid got into a disagreement before fleeing with Oizan-Chapon, according to ABC station WPLG of Miami. Cid tried unsuccessfully to liberate the youngster.
The family of Oizan-Chapon has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs. The gap-toothed toddler is shown smiling with his hands on his head in a photo on the fundraising site.
On the GoFundMe page, there was a statement that said, “Please help our family raise funds for baby James’ funeral and memorial services.”
“Our little boy, died tragically in a car accident. As you can imagine, no family ever prepares for a tragedy like this. We are asking for support at this difficult time, both financial and emotional so that we may honor his short life. Thank you all for your support, messages of condolences, prayers and contributions.”
The fundraiser, which had a goal of raising $12K, has now raised more than $14.2K.
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