Police: Toddler run over by rolling car after children release brake

LENOIR, NC (WBTV) – A nine-month-old is dead after police say a vehicle rolled back on the young boy while other children were playing inside the car.

See more photos from the incident
See more photos from the incident

According to police, the incident happened around 7:24 p.m. Tuesday night at the Sunset Mobile Home Park in Lenoir.

The child was in a car seat on the ground, when a vehicle rolled back and hit him.

Police say the initial investigation shows the vehicle was parked at a nearby mobile home. That’s when two children, ages 6 and 8, appear to have been playing in the car and released the brake.

The vehicle rolled downhill, hitting the toddler and another parked vehicle.

Officers are calling the incident a “tragic accident” and say no charges have been filed in the case.

“This is a tragic incident that took a beautiful life much too soon. Regarding the investigation, we will determine exactly what happened and make decisions on how to proceed,” Chief Scott Brown stated. “Until then, let’s pray for this family and do everything we can to protect our children at all times.”

The Lenoir Police Department and the Caldwell County Department of Social Services are still investigating.

Anyone with information about the case should call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

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