Amber Alert suspect dies in hospital from suicide attempt

Amber Alert suspect dies in hospital from suicide attempt
Two previous mug shots of Eric Maes, the man police accuse of kidnapping his child from Peoria on Tuesday, Feb. 9. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A suspect involved in an Amber Alert from Peoria has reportedly died from a suicide attempt according to KPHO.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year-old Eric Maes attempted to take his own life while in custody on February 13. He was transported to the hospital for his injuries and died on Friday, Feb. 19, according to KPHO.

Charges against Maes were dropped Thursday after he tried to kill himself in jail days earlier.

Maes was arrested Feb. 9, for kidnapping his son from the boy’s mother earlier that day. Officials say Maes took the child as the mother, Brittany Walker-Martie, loaded the boy into a car. Walker-Martie then jumped on the car as Maes took off but was thrown from the vehicle.

Investigators said Maes made a U-turn and deliberately ran Walker-Martie down. The woman was taken to the hospital where she died.

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