Boy, 2, Recovering After Being Hit By Vehicle

LIVINGSTON, Tenn. - An investigation is underway to figure out how a vehicle ran over a two-year-old child in Overton County.

The family of Kayden Blodgett claimed a deputy's vehicle hit him Friday night outside of their home on Swan Lane, but the sheriff said what happened in the accident is unclear.

"So I just ran outside, and before I could even ask what happened, I saw his face covered in blood," his mother, Cassie Blodgett, recalled. 

The deputy came to the home to serve a civil warrant to a family member.

Kayden's father, Joshua Blodgett, said the accident happened after he spoke with the deputy, who then got back into his car.

"And then he got back into his car while I was talking to the other deputy, and I guess he took off and didn't look around, look at his surroundings or anything. I guess he hit my son, and he went about ten feet that way, and then stopped and my son ran to me," Blodgett said.

Kayden was rushed to the hospital then flown 100 miles to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He received stitches in his arms and head, and he suffered minor burns to his body.

"I was terrified. I mean, I've seen him with bumps and bruises before, and he takes it like a champ," Cassie said.

Overton Sheriff John Garrett told NewsChannel 5 by phone, as of right now his deputy never backed up, and what actually happened is still under investigation.

Kayden's parents said they know the accident could've been much worse. Their main focus is making sure Kayden fully recovers. They have started a gofundme account to help with medical expenses and traveling back and forth to the hospital. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

 

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