MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News is closely following the attempted murder of 4-year-old Ireland Carroll.
Mobile Police said 53-year-old Shirley Bowman, Ireland's grandmother, had a "psychotic episode" on Friday, August 2, when she attempted to strangle the little girl . Bowman remains behind bars on a charge of attempted murder and her granddaughter remained at the hospital in stable condition.
FOX10 News reached out to Eugene Tillman who called 911. Tillman told FOX10 News he knew something was wrong immediately.
"I heard a kid crying. Like any other kid about that age, she didn't have good composure right then. She was screaming. She wanted to go home to her mama. ‘I want my mama.' I knew then that that lady was not her mama," Tillman said.
Tillman said it all happened around 5:30 Thursday evening. Bowman, with her granddaughter, approached his home on Howells Ferry Road.
"She saw me sitting on the porch and saw me sitting on the porch. ‘I need your car. I need it now.' She was talking like a lunatic. She wasn't hitting her at the time. Just forcing her. The kid was resisting. She finally got disgusted with the kid and drug her further east down the road," said Tillman.
But a few hours later, she returned - this time, without the child. That's when Mr. Tillman called the police.
"They ran out and got her and she was fighting the police. Kicking and yelling," said Tillman.
Police later found Ireland unconscious, laying face down in the westbound land of Howells Ferry Road.
"I just hope the little girl is doing better. She was an innocent victim," said Tillman.
On Friday, FOX10 News attempted to get reaction from Bowman's family at her home. No one was there. On Sunday, another attempt was made. FOX10 News was told to leave the property.
FOX10 News also reached out to Ireland's mother, Jennifer Carroll for comment. She has declined.
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