ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Roswell police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy.
Detectives say the boy’s mom found him bleeding in their driveway Friday afternoon.
He died at a Texas hospital later that night.
“It’s just tragic it’s terrible,” said a neighbor. “Nothing like this ever happens on our street. I guess it could happen anywhere, but it’s terrible that it happened here.”
According to police, boy’s mother was inside their home when she noticed her son was missing. They say she told her 5-year-old daughter to go look outside for him.
When neither of her children returned, she went outside.
“She ended up finding both of them in the driveway. The youngest one was injured and was bleeding,” said Roswell Police Information Liaison Sabrina Morales.
Detectives say the boy was so injured he had to be transported to a Texas hospital where he died around 7 p.m. Friday.
Police will not say the cause of death or what type of injuries the boy sustained, but they suspect he was hit by a car.
“Right now that is the only logical thought that it may be a vehicle accident,” said Morales.
Neighbors say they often saw the boy and his sister playing outside near the curb. One says she even saw them playing there the day the boy passed away.
“Just thinking that it’s gonna happen right there somebody is not paying attention to their own kids or paying attention to where they’re going,” she said.
KRQE News 13 reached out to the child’s family. They were too shaken up to speak with us on camera.
Neighbors want them to know they are praying for them.
“I just think of how much of a heartbreak they have. It’s horrible there are no words it’s horrible,” said a neighbor.
The boy’s body has been sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.
Police are awaiting the autopsy results before they release a cause of death.
Detectives wouldn’t say if they suspect abuse was a factor in the boy’s death.
No arrests have been made.