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Baby stabbed to death by teenage father, who is then killed by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

March 1, 2011 |  6:36 pm

Deputies in Palmdale witnessed a 17-year-old stabbing his baby boy to death inside a car Tuesday, soon after they recognized his vehicle from a reported kidnapping, an official said.

The father was shot and killed by deputies after a short pursuit.

The grisly chain of events began just before noon Tuesday when deputies got a call reporting a child abduction. Investigators learned that the 5-month-old boy had been taken from a sitter and the father had told the baby’s mother via cellphone that he would hurt the child.

Deputies spotted the father's car after an Amber Alert was issued about 3:30 p.m. As a pursuit began, they saw him “motioning as if he was stabbing the baby as he drove the car,” said sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

After a three-minute car chase, the suspect’s car hit a building and he escaped on foot. The deputies found the wounded baby inside the mangled car. He was taken to a hospital but did not survive, Parker said.

Other deputies caught up with the suspect as he was trying to break into a home. Deputies shot at the teenager. He was able to get inside the home but then deputies shot again.

The teen was killed, Parker said. The names of the father and the son were not released.

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