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Infant run over by SUV dies

Posted October 12, 2010

— A Warren County infant critically injured when he was accidentally run over Monday has died, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Johnny Williams said the 2-month-old boy was strapped in his car seat when his mother, Shakita Williams, 26, pulled forward and hit the car seat, which she had set down outside her Ford Explorer while she helped two older children into the vehicle and loaded some trash bags in the back.

She told investigators she felt like the Explorer hit something, and when she climbed out to see what it was, she saw the boy in the car seat under the vehicle, the sheriff said.

He did not identify the infant.

In a frantic 911 call released Tuesday, Shakita Williams, of 132 Norlina Pines Drive, says the vehicle grazed him.

“I had to go to work, and I forgot that I had left him sitting on the side of the car, instead of putting him inside first,” she says, becoming emotional. “I was just trying to hurry up so I could get to work on time, and I forgot he was sitting outside the car.”

SUV death Infant run over by SUV dies

He was conscious and breathing at the time, she says.

"I didn't mean it. I'm so sorry. I didn’t mean it," she sobs in the call.

Sheriff Williams said investigators have completed their investigation and that it will be up to local prosecutors to decide whether charges should be filed.

“It's beyond pain,” said Jasmine Bailey, a neighbor with a 4-month-old daughter herself. “You're talking about your child. It’s beyond pain,”

Apartment manager Tina Cotton said Shakita Williams is a single mother who works full-time to provide for her family.

Williams, she said, is an ideal tenant.

“I just wish it didn't happen to her, because she was so excited with that pregnancy,” Cotton said. “When she found out she was having a boy, that just took her over the edge. She was so happy because she had the two girls.”


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  • evonneroyston Oct 18, 2010

    The mother in this incident is a GREAT mother. I know this personally because she is my cousin! There are so many of you who have negative comments on this issue and don't know what the hell happened. She child was placed on the passenger side of the tuck and not in the front. He was not placed there because that door was broken and she had to open it from drivers side. It was when she went to he drivers side that she realized that she left something on inside the appartment. When she came back outside to the tuck, the car seat was blocked by the truck and therefore she didn't see the car seat. Three kids is a large responsibility to handle for one person. Stop being so negative and pray for her and her children. There are SICK women out there that harm their children, we know this because we see it in the media everyday, BUT SHE IS NOT ONE OF THOSE PARENTS!!! She is a devoted mother who takes great care of her children. Accidents can happen to anyone!

  • U_ME Oct 14, 2010

    Why do people have to think so negative of this woman?????? She is a hard working, single parent trying her best for her kids... I dont think she ment to harm her child.. Yes by having 3 kids is alot of work then she is working a full time job.. That tells it all.. I fell so sorry for her and her lost. People need to stop thinking negative about her because if it was one of your family member or friends you would not be saying that about them... Mrs. Williams do not need to be charged with anything, she is going through enought as it is now. Losing a newborn is sad. But i do have one question if you made sure your other 2 kids where in the car why didnt she put the newborn in the car??

  • april65 Oct 13, 2010

    Story did not say that she ran over the baby twice....please people learn how to read. It said she ran over something and backed up a little bit....geesh

  • Joani P. Oct 13, 2010

    Praying for the mom and daughters who have to suffer the sad loss of this little sweet baby. Put yourself in her shoes, a single mom rushing to work trying to get 3 kids ready plus herself. I believe it was totally an accident.

  • u stand corrected Oct 13, 2010

    babedan, why would she put the baby in front? I mean who would do that? Front or rear registers definate possible harm in my head. And the truck was backed in?

  • u stand corrected Oct 13, 2010

    Something is definately wrong here. I know many do not want to hear it but...

  • Opinions Are Opinions Oct 13, 2010

    I'm sorry for the death of this child. This is a sad situation. I do feel like the mother put the child down in front of the vehicle though. You can see the house is behind the vehicle. She had to get two other children in and load trash in the back so why is the child sitting on the passenger side on the ground in the front of the car? You can't convince me of nothing else...

  • u stand corrected Oct 13, 2010

    I second that babedan. We have a responsibility to the other children. If it is an accident, then help the mother all we can.

  • babedan Oct 13, 2010

    Skenny - I get tired of people on this board, who want to blast someone because they don't see things the same way they do. In this case, I have doubts that this wasn't an intentional act. I believe it was deliberate and intentional. When you look at the pictures, where the car seat was, the fact she strapped two other children in the car went back inside and then came back out to the car failing to go to the front like she intentionally did to begin with. No, 1 plus 1 does not add up to 2 in this case. So I won't give the free pass to the mother. If your life is so complicated that you forget about your child and just lay him on the ground and walk off and leave him and go inside there are no excuses. Would you have felt the same if she left the baby outside and he was attacked by a dog? When are we as a society going to stop playing the pity card and start forcing people to be responsible for their actions?

  • MeMom Oct 13, 2010

    My heart goes out to this Mom. I cannot imagine how she must be feeling. Some of the comments are shameful. The guilt will haunt her forever, thats punishment enough. Im a mom of 3, have a wonderful supporting husband and Im fortunate to stay home with my children. The first few months with a newborn can be EXHAUSTING and it didnt sound like she had help.