Family speaks after 3-month-old killed when tree falls on mobile home in Gaston County
DALLAS, NC (WBTV) - Three-month-old Kade Gill died after a tree fell on the mobile home he was in Sunday afternoon.
The call came in at 12:45 p.m. about a tree falling down into a mobile home on Moses Court. Kade's parents were both inside when the tree crashed into the home.
"The tree had divided us," Kade's father, Olen Gill, said. "So I am in the kitchen. She [Kade’s mother] is in the living room on the couch. I had to come out and rip the air conditioner out of the window, and that's when we handed him through the window."
The father said Kade was still alive and crying when he came out of the home. He was immediately sent to CaroMont Main in Gastonia to get treatment.
Kade’s mother described the moments she waited in the hospital hoping her child would pull through.
Gaston County Police responded to the call. When they heard Kade didn't make it, they took it hard.
"Anytime you lose a child your heart is broken, and we as police officers are no different,” Captain Brent Roberts said. “We feel for the family and our heart goes out to them and we are praying for that family and pray everything is going to be OK."
The police department says the large pine tree fell because of excessive moisture in the ground and moderate wind. The family knew the danger of trees falling. Their home was surrounded by trees.
"We knew that the winds, everything with the storm… we were watching the trees in the back that were leaning, but I guess the whole time we were watching the wrong ones," Olen Gill said.
The mother even did what she could to help protect her son from the weather.
"We would go and we would take him," Tammy Gill said. "I even moved the living room around to make sure his swing wasn't in the path of these trees."
The parents thought Kade would make it and that he had what it took to survive. Kade had challenges the day he was born - five weeks early, and he had to fight to stay alive. He was in the Intensive Care Unit for 10 days.
He started out weighing four pounds and grew to 10 pounds. His parents say Kade loved them and they loved him - that’s why they spoiled him.
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