Dad 'on the run' after Bay Area house fire kills 5-year-old son, police say

Vallejo police are searching for a father who they say purposely ignited a fire that killed his 5-year-old son and injured other family members on Sunday.

Darrylone Shuemake Sr., 53, is wanted in connection with the death of his son, Dayleon Seil-Shuemake.


"He is on the run," Vallejo police Lt. Jeff Bassett told reporters at a news conference Monday. "He is expected to be dangerous."

Authorities said Shuemake intentionally set fire to his family home in the 800 block of Stella Avenue, trapping his son inside.

He likely used an accelerant to set the fire in the master bedroom, Bassett said.

Firefighters arrived at 9:53 a.m. to find the home in flames. Several neighbors were also trying to rescue the boy, according to the Vallejo Fire Department.

Firefighters found Dayleon in a rear bedroom that was fully engulfed.

The boy's mother and his 13-year-old half-brother suffered burns as a result of the fire. They were taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with details about Shuemake is urged to call the Vallejo Police Department at (707) 648-4321.

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