Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor stated that the man showed a "reckless disregard" for the safety of the boy. He said, "It’s just heartbreaking."
TW: This article contains details of a child's death that readers may find disturbing
Sometimes, children can be a little noisy and naughty. However, the solution is not to abandon them. One heartless man from Alabama kicked his girlfriend's son out of the car after the child began misbehaving. His thoughtless action caused the unfortunate death of the child.
According to People, 35-year-old Bryan Starr was so annoyed with 5-year-old Austin Birdseye that he did not think of the safety of the child. He kicked him out of the vehicle on a dark, rainy night. Moments after, Austin was struck by another vehicle. The boy who was immediately transported to the Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital succumbed to his injuries.
Boy, 5, Hit and Killed on Road After Mom's Boyfriend Allegedly Forced Him Out of Car as Punishment https://t.co/2diEbGdtMZ— People (@people) December 1, 2020
On questioning Bryan, he told officials that he pulled into a church parking and ordered the boy to get out of his Dodge Charger due to his "unruly" behavior. He also confessed that he lost sight of the boy after he let him off the vehicle. But Bryan realized the gravity of his actions only when he saw cars stopping on the road. He realized that the child had met with an accident.
As a result of the child's death, Bryan was charged with murder. According to Ledger-Enquirer, at a press conference, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor stated that the man showed a "reckless disregard" for the safety of the boy. He said, "It’s just heartbreaking," referring to the tragedy.
He also expressed his disbelief at the man's actions. Speaking of the helpless boy's condition, Taylor stated, "He has no idea where he is or how to get home. Who thinks to tell a five-year-old to get out of a car because they're being potentially loud?" He added, "It was raining at the time and it was, obviously at 8 o'clock at night, dark," according to KMOV4.
The Sheriff also confirmed that the mother was not present in the vehicle at the time of the incident. He added that the driver of the other car was not at fault.
Meanwhile, Bryan is an active-duty Army sergeant posted at Fort Benning in Georgia. "We are deeply saddened by this tragic event and extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased," said Ben Garrett, a spokesman for Fort Benning. He added that they would cooperate with the ongoing investigation. He stated that Bryan turned himself in.
Bryan is currently in custody and the bail has not been set yet. He has also not entered a plea deal and the court records showed the absence of an attorney to speak on behalf of him.
He has served in the army for 17 years. During that period, he was also deployed in Iraq. Bryan is assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, 316th Cavalry Brigade.