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.

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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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