Newly released footage has shown the moment a man killed his girlfriend’s seven-month-old baby girl after allegedly abducting her and plowing his car into an Ohio home.
Johnathon J Baker, 23, of North Baltimore, Ohio, allegedly took the child while armed with a gun. Soon after, he contacted the girl’s mother and told her he was feeling homicidal and suicidal, saying he had killed the child.
Police dash and bodycam footage now reveal the moments before Baker accelerated in his yellow Camaro during a police chase and crashed it into the side of a house – killing the baby inside.
The alleged kidnapper is still in hospital in critical condition and police have launched a homicide investigation.
Johnathon J Baker crossed over the lane with oncoming traffic and pummeled the car, at speed, into the side of a house on S. Sandusky Street
The infant was removed from the vehicle via the back window and lifesaving protocols were administered, as she was bleeding from the head and had labored breathing
At about 3.43pm the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was notified by Wood County deputies about the abduction and told the abductor was heading in their direction in the Camaro.
The Tiffin Police Department said an off duty officer located the man in the yellow Camaro and radioed the information to dispatch.
Baker’s car was being followed by police for minutes before he suddenly jolted left ‘erratically’ and veered off the road.
He crossed over the lane with oncoming traffic and pummeled the car, at speed, into the side of a house on S. Sandusky Street.
Footage shows the car flying over a small bump before it crashes into the property. No one was home during the ordeal.
Several police officers and a civilian immediately rushed towards the mangled car and tried to force the passenger’s side door open. Airbags were deployed during the crash.
The infant was removed from the vehicle via the back window and lifesaving protocols were administered, as she was bleeding from the head and had labored breathing.
She was rushed to hospital, where she died.
It took responders an hour and a half to remove Baker, 23, from his vehicle.
Law enforcement have not confirmed if Baker was related to the child.
Chief David W. Pauly said in a statement: ‘The incident began in the city of North Baltimore, Ohio, yesterday, June 27, 2023 as a dispute between the mother of the child (name being withheld) and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Johnathon J. Baker. Baker took the 7-month old child and left in his vehicle.
‘North Baltimore Police sent a BOLO to area law enforcement with special attention to Seneca and Sandusky Counties. The vehicle was observed as it was traveling through the City of Tiffin.
‘Seneca County Sheriff and Tiffin Police cruisers attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
‘The suspect vehicle rapidly accelerated and veered left off the roadway, crashing into a residence at 613 S. Sandusky St. No one was in the home at the time of the crash.
It took responders an hour and a half to remove Baker, 23, from his vehicle
The car crashed into the unoccupied house, which was reportedly knocked off its foundations
After the yellow Camaro turned onto South Sandusky Street in Tiffin, near Cottage Avenue and Ella Street, it began heading south before crashing into the structure on the left
‘The child was removed from the vehicle where lifesaving protocols were administered. Baker was also provided medical assistance.
‘Both infant and Baker were transported by ambulance to Tiffin Mercy Hospital. The infant succumbed to her injuries and died soon after arrival to the hospital.
‘Baker was transported by air to Toledo St. Vincent’s Hospital where he still is located in critical condition.
‘Tiffin Detectives are investigating this incident. The investigation is on-going and additional search warrants, interviews, and other investigative steps will be taken.
‘The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been requested to assist in processing for evidence.
‘Tiffin Police are working with the North Baltimore Police, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, and both the Seneca and Wood County Prosecutors regarding this tragic incident.’
Tiffin resident Jason Miller said he was in his home Tuesday afternoon when he heard the loud crash.
‘There were seven or eight cops pulling up, getting out, guns drawn, running at the car,’ Miller said. ‘Then I saw the EMS pull up… they got the baby out right away.’
Police said that when they searched the car they found a gun as well as two spent cartridges.
‘My heart breaks for the family of this innocent child and you can be sure this matter will be investigated thoroughly to determine exactly why and what occurred today,’ said Tiffin Chief Pauly.
‘This was an unfortunate tragedy today and these things also take its toll on our first responders. My thoughts and prayers are with them as well,’ he added.