MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile police said a 4-year-old boy was found dead Tuesday afternoon, July 9 after having wandered away from home and into a hot car.
It happened at the Pine Oaks Mobile Home Park off Howells Ferry Road. Police were called to the scene around 2:15 p.m. after relatives notified them of a missing child.
A short time later, Tonya Smith who lives a few doors down, said she heard the child's mother screaming:
(She said) "Oh God help me, help me please, my baby my baby, help me Lord help me," Smith said.
Smith said she ran to the mother's aide and saw a man on the ground trying to revive the child.
Paramedics arrived on scene but it was too late, the child was pronounced dead.
"I'm still trying not to cry. As a mother, it hurts to see another child like that, that's something I never wanted to see," said Smith.
Smith said the mother was home with the 4-year-old and a newborn while the father was working.
She said the neighborhood is a tight knit community where people look out for one another. She said the neighborhood is saddened by the loss of such a young boy.
"It's very tragic. There's another angel in heaven now, one that didn't need to be there, he just started his life," Smith said.
Police believe the child's death was an accident and no criminal charges are expected.
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