A Hamilton man will be spending 8.5 to 30 years in state prison for the murder of his two-year-old son after stealing sound equipment from the Tullytown Walmart and crashing his car.
Christopher Kuhn, now 28, was charged in October 2017 when his son was ejected from his vehicle in an attempt to flee police. The toddler, Qadan Trievel, was in the front seat without a seat belt while his child seat laid useless in the back.
On October 3, 2017 Kuhn was stopped by security personell in the Walmart when they noticed him carrying $228 worth of merchandise along with his son. Attempts to detain Kuhn resulted in him fleeing from the store, catalyzing the events which would lead to his son’s death.
In his rush to evade consequences for his actions, Kuhn ran a red light in his gold Jeep SUV when turning south on Route 13. He crashed into another vehicle, sending his vehicle rolling and his toddler out onto the pavement, fatally fracturing his skull.
Kuhn blames his actions on an opioid addiction and said in court he felt remorse for the death of his son.
“The addiction I was suffering took control of me. On a day-to-day basis, it was just consuming me, all day, all the time. I couldn’t beat it,” Kuhn stated. “I don’t know what to say, because nothing’s going to bring him back. I’m just truly sorry.”
However, these words rang hollow for Judge Robert O. Baldi, who sentenced Kuhn.
“Your choice was to go and commit a retail theft and take your child with you,” Baldi said while Kuhn stood handcuffed. “All of this happened because you did it. You caused it.”
Kuhn has a history of breaking the law. On the day of his son’s death, he was driving with a suspended license. He also has a criminal record including terroristic threats against his dead son’s mother, violating a domestic violence restraining order, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child.