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9-month-old killed when car rolls over him

A 9-month-old boy died when a car with two children inside rolled over him in Lenoir Tuesday night, police said.

Responding to a 911 call, police said they found the child beneath the vehicle in the Sunset Street Mobile Home Park off U.S. 321 shortly before 7:30 p.m. The child was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The car appears to have been parked in a driveway with two children, aged 6 and 8, inside when it rolled downhill and hit the child and another parked vehicle, Police Chief Scott Brown said.

‘This is a tragic incident that took a beautiful life much too soon’

Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown

Police, along with the Caldwell County Department of Social Services, are still investigating what happened, Brown said.

“This is a tragic incident that took a beautiful life much too soon,” Brown said in a statement Wednesday. “Regarding the investigation, we will determine exactly what happened and make decisions on how to proceed. Until then, let’s pray for this family and do everything we can to protect our children at all times.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lenoir Police Department at 828-757-2100 or report anonymously to Lenoir/Caldwell County Crimestoppers at 828-758-8300.

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