Man abducts girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in Florida, then crashes into tree, killing child and himself

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Published: Jul. 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM CDT
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PLANTATION, Fla. (AP) - A 3-year-old Florida boy is dead after his family says his mother’s boyfriend abducted him during an argument and then crashed a car into a tree at high speed. The abductor also died in the Thursday morning crash.

Police identified them as 25-year-old Ryan Yates and 3-year-old James Oizan-Chapon.

The boy’s grandmother said Yates had been arguing with the boy’s mother when he grabbed the child, threw him in the mother’s Mercedes and sped off. He hit a tree, the car split in two and caught fire.

Yates had a lengthy arrest history for auto theft, battery and robbery.

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