STRASBURG, Va. (WLWT/WTVR) – A Virginia man has been arrested after police say he tossed his toddler son into a creek while running from an officer.
WTVR reports Kyle Steven Sunday, 28, was seen Monday evening driving a car that had been reported stolen from his child’s mother.
An officer began pursuing Sunday when he spotted him driving the vehicle with a toddler in his lap. When the officer turned on his flashing lights, Sunday ran away with the boy.
“At that point Sunday was observed throwing (the child) approximately 15 feet down the embankment into the river/creek,” the complaint states, according to The Northern Virginia Daily. “The child suffered several scratches/lacerations all over his body; swollen left eye. Sunday continued fleeing on foot.”
The officer stopped chasing Sunday and rescued the child.
The child was reunited with his mother and officers found Sunday hiding in an attic.
A struggle ensued when officers tried to take him into custody.
“This gentleman had just tossed his child over an embankment and fled from us,” Strasburg police Chief Wayne Sager said. “You know he did not want to go to jail, and there was a struggle, and the ceiling did give way.”
Sunday was arrested and one officer was treated for minor injuries.
He has been charged with felony counts of child abuse, reckless driving, and eluding police. He also had previous outstanding arrest warrants and a suspended driver’s license.