COLORADO (WTXF) - A Colorado man who said he could not handle the responsibility of fatherhood is facing attempted murder charges on Tuesday after authorities say he admitted to investigators that he staged a car crash in order to intentionally kill his two-and-a-half year old son.
According to the Daily Mail
, Nathan Weitzel, 29, told law enforcement officials in Arapahoe County that he drove into several cars at a speed of 75 miles per hour while his son was sitting in the car with him and left unbuckled.
The boy, Isaiah, survived the crash, though half of his body was left in a cast and his ability to move has been severely hampered.
Weitzel said that the reason he wanted to kill Isaiah was because being a father was a big responsibility and he did not think he was man enough to raise a child, according to police. He acknowledged that on the day of the crash, he had used cocaine.
He faces a litany of criminal charges, including attempted first-degree murder, child abuse, assault, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and vehicular assault.
The crash occurred just before noon on August 21.
According to court records, Weitzel entered the car with his son and fastened his own safety belt, though he neglected to do the same for Isaiah so as to increase the likelihood that he would die.
'I was trying to kill my son,' Weitzel told police.
Weitzel drove with his son to a nearby park. According to court records, While Isaiah played, he sat in the park and thought of a way to kill his son. Nathan said he left the park he drove around looking for a good place to crash the car and kill his son.
Witnesses at the scene of the crash rushed to attend to the injured boy.
'I pulled the window off, and I pulled the door open, my neighbor got him out of the car and put him on the ground,' said Sam Schulte.
The crash is reported to have happened in the front yard of a local resident. When the resident's next door neighbor dialed 911, she saw Weitzel 'hitting the child ... it looked like an elbow. It was horrifying.'
A sheriff who arrived shortly afterward held Isaiah's head to make sure his neck was still.
The sheriff then noticed that the boy was crying and 'appeared to be fading in and out of consciousness.'
Isaiah's parents are apparently separated. His mother, Nancy Lopez, cares for him on weekdays, and on weekends he is under the guardianship of his father.
Lopez said that it will take two months for Isaiah, who spent days in Children's Hospital Colorado, to regain his ability to walk.
A crowdfunding drive has been started on GoFundMe
in order to help pay for Isaiah's treatments.