Infant run over by SUV dies
Posted October 12, 2010 4:38 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2010 6:24 p.m. EDT
Norlina, N.C. — 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.”
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.”