A Colorado man is behind bars and accused of the attempted murder of his 2-year-old son, who cops say he tried to kill by intentionally crashing his car.
Police said 29-year-old Nathan Weitzel placed his toddler son, Isaiah, into his car on August 21 after bucking his own seatbelt, but not the boy’s.
Weitzel then allegedly crashed the car into several other vehicles, WUSA reports.
When questioned, police said Weitzel told investigators, “I was trying to kill my son.”
Isaiah suffered life-threatening injuries, loved ones say, including a ripped a muscle in his neck that’s left him in a neck brace and a head injury that required 20 to 30 stitches.
Police say Weitzel admitted to using cocaine that day and that he told them “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.”
Isaiah is also in a plaster cast from the waist down.
“He’s doing better every day thank god. He’s my little soldier,” Isaiah’s mom, Nancy Lopez, told InsideEdition.com.
Lopez called Weitzel’s actions “horrifying” and struggled to understand what could motivate such an act.
“I’m extremely broken by all of this,” she said. “I still don’t understand how someone could be so cruel to a beautiful little human they created by choice. Isaiah was planned and he wanted to be a father at the time. [I don’t know] why he would try to take him away. I will never understand… But I hope he stays in jail for the rest of his life.”
At the end of this dark tunnel, however, Lopez said there’s one all-important light.
“I’m just glad that my little boy is alive and is going to recover from this tragic incident. It never needed to happen.”
In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Weitzel is charged with child abuse, assault, criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and vehicular assault.