According to a National Crime Victimization Survey done by the U.S. Department of Justice, there are about 34,000 carjacking incidents there were 34,000 carjackings annually, some having more than 1 victim. Sadly, death and injury due to carjackings are largely incidental. Meaning that usually someone is injured or killed as a result of a carjacking.
Sadly that is exactly what happened to one-year-old Zayden McLean who was tragically killed in an attempted carjacking.
On October 4 Fort Worth Police officers were called out to a major accident near Texas Health Huguley Hospital, just off Interstate-35W in Burleson. When they arrived it was found that the accident was a result of an aggravated robbery and carjacking and that a 1-year-old boy, later identified as Zayden McLean, had been run over as the suspect tried to get away.
Zayden's parents, Bailey Bingham and dad Shea McLean, chose the hospital parking lot as a spot to exchange their son during a custody drop-off.
When Bingham got out of her vehicle, a man ran over and tried to steal her car. In an attempt to prevent the burglary, McLean jumped in the vehicle himself. The suspect then backed out of a parking space, hitting Bingham, who was holding Zayden in her arms. Mother and son fell to the ground and the suspect hit both of them again as he sped away from the scene. The suspect then drove the vehicle into a tree.
Police were able to apprehend 30-year-old Nico Delafuente in a nearby field after a foot chase.
Zayden was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries. Bingham suffered skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, and road rash according to Fox4 .
The 1-year-old was Vickie Bingham’s first and only grandchild. She recalls that Zayden was always full of energy, constantly running around, and loved playing basketball with his dad.
“There’s a song, ‘Live Like You’re Dying.’ And that’s what he did. He loved laughing. He played,” she said. “He was just an angel on Earth, and now he’s an angel in heaven.”
His family has set up a GoFundMe to help with the funeral expenses and hospital bills. "Anyone who knew Zayden knew how much he was loved by his mother, Bailey Bingham, and father, Shea McLean. He was a child of love and spirit. Everyone who knew him loved him, and that love will continue to carry."
Delafuente is charged with capital murder and aggravated robbery. He’s being held at the Fort Worth jail on bonds totaling $600,000.