GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A one-year-old baby was run over by a vehicle and killed in Gaston County on Sunday morning.
“We train and we prepare to run calls like this but it’s far different when we arrive knowing it’s a one year old child,” said Earl Withers, assistant chief of the Dallas Rescue Squad.
Withers says for the past 30 years he’s worked with the Dallas Rescue Squad.
When he heard the call Sunday morning about a baby in cardiac arrest, he rushed over to help.
“The adults on scene were very distraught, they appeared to be in shock," said Withers.
Withers saw several adults and young kids in the backyard of the home, then a 1-year-old baby.
“The child had been accidentally run over by a vehicle," said Withers. "He had on a short sleeve t-shirt and had on a diaper."
Withers says a relative started to move a car at the house and thought all was clear.
Family members WBTV’s Anne Marie Hagerty spoke with say the child hit was named Daniel.
When first responders got to the house they started CPR on the baby, then jumped into an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital.
“This poor child can’t talk to you, doesn’t know, can’t tell you what’s hurting. Although we train for incidents like this all the time it’s a very traumatic scene,” said Withers.
After fighting for his life -- Daniel tragically died at the hospital.
“It’s just hard to fathom something like that occurring in this small community,” said Withers.
Now Dallas Police are investigating what happened.
Withers says this appears to be a tragic accident, but a reminder for others, too.
"It doesn’t take but just a second to check around your vehicle just to make sure children are cleared,” said Withers.
The accident occurred on W. Trade Street in Dallas where the child was in a backyard with several other children and adults.