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Toddler Killed in Jackson by Family Member in Vehicle

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JACKSON, MS -

Neighbors are calling it a tragic accident. On Wednesday a three-year-old girl could not recover from her injuries after a family member backed over her in an SUV.

She died at UMC that afternoon, Jackson Police confirm.

The 911 call came in around 4:20 p.m. for a toddler hit by a vehicle near the 1600 block of Neatum Street right off of Bailey Avenue.

Family Members still on scene said they were too shaken-up to talk about what happened.

Public information Officer Colendula Green said many relative had gone to the hospital to be with the three-year-old.

Police are not releasing the young girls name.

"I just heard something hit like a ball, you know? Because that's what I really thought it was. and then I just came out and all I could see was the little child laying down under the car," neighbor Cecil Amos said.

"[The family was] just crying and just laying down over her. just down on the ground crying," Amos said.

"I didn't know. I was so hurt I just didn't know. I had to come back in the house," Amos said.

Officers are trying to figure out if the driver of the vehicle deserves to be charged with a crime for hitting his relative.

On the street he cooperated with police - helping them piece together what happened.

"[the toddler] was actually playing with a couple of other people in the neighborhood when the incident happened," Officer Green said.

"The family member thought that the child was in the front but, at the same time, as he was backing up he felt a thump. And that's when he got out of the vehicle to notice the three-year-old lying on the ground," Green said.

Marie Hilson has lived on Neatum Street for 67 years. She says the family involved with the accident has lived there for only about a year.

"It makes me feel bad. I love children," Hilson said.

She said she's had concerns about people's driving in the past.

"They usually drive fast coming up in here but we've been praying that they learn how to slow down because it's just a one-way street," Hilson said.

Police now need to decide if reckless driving was a factor or if it was just a tragic accident.

Police did not give the results of alcohol or drug tests given to the driver at the scene.

Neighbors say other children also live at the victim's home.

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