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AURORA, Colorado (KUSA) – Danielle Hernandez-Woodall says she can’t understand how the father of her four children could leave, after running over their almost 2-year-old son Friday.
“The whole thing was an accident, but the choice that he made afterwards to leave was not okay. He didn’t know if he was alive or dead,” Hernandez-Woodall said.
Denver, Colorado police arrested Ross Bobby McCoy over the weekend. He is now facing child abuse charges.
The 24-year-old mother of 7-year-old twins, a 4-year-old boy and almost 2-year-old Zayden said that doctors expected her son to be OK.
“He says ‘awi’ and he holds his head, and he holds his neck,” she said. “He wants to be outside all the time, now that they allowed us to be outside.”
Monday Zayden was listed in fair condition at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Parents would ordinarily tell you anything can happen while kids are growing up, and it often does.
“He has five skull fractures, a couple of broken bones in his ears and he has nerve damage to his right eye,” Hernandez-Woodall said.
She told 9NEWS Friday she met up with McCoy because he had groceries for the kids. The never-married couple is not together and she has a restraining order against him for domestic violence. However, she says McCoy is allowed to see the kids.
“He called me to meet him at the park to get the groceries. I took the kids over there with me. You can see my house from the park. It’s across the street,” Hernandez-Woodall said. “I put the kids in the back seat, buckled them up with normal seat belts. Zayden was in the middle. When I got in, I locked the doors, because Zayden has tried to open the door before when he was in a car seat.”
“We were turning the corner, and I heard the door open, and I look back and the door was open and the baby was hanging from the door,” she explained. “So I told Bobby to stop. When I got out, the car was sitting on [the] baby’s head. So Bobby had to pull up, for me to get him from under the car.”
After that, she said McCoy made their other three kids get out of the car and he left. Hernandez-Woodall said she thought McCoy didn’t want to deal with police considering the restraining order and the fact that he doesn’t have a license.
The young mother said her car has the right child seats. She’ll never allow her kids ride without them.
“I’m not a bad parent. I love my kids,” she said. “Even if you’re going across the parking lot, don’t let your kids ride improperly buckled.”
McCoy declined a jailhouse interview.