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Injured girl's father who led police on chase dies

The man who led Tampa police on a high-speed chase, severely injuring his 3-year-old daughter when the car crashed April 3, died Friday.

Alfonso Watson spent a month at Tampa General Hospital. He was to be charged with attempted murder, arson, auto theft, kidnapping, battery, fleeing and attempting to elude police, Tampa police said.

"He paid the ultimate price for some very severe actions he took," said Tampa police spokesman Steve Cole. "Instead of facing criminal justice he's going to have to face the ultimate judge."

The day Watson, 31, was taken to the hospital, he had thrown gasoline on his sometime girlfriend, Lisa Wade, and tried unsuccessfully to set her on fire, police said. Then he grabbed their sleeping child, Alexis Watson, put her in Wade's car and fled police.

Watson lost control of his Isuzu at 50th Street and E 19th Avenue, and the car flipped three times, hurling Alexis into the street, police said.

She was discharged from Tampa General Hospital a week ago to a rehabilitation center as an in-patient. Lisa Wade said the child was severely brain-damaged from the accident.