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Child's Death Ruled Accidental

An incident that claimed the life of a two-year-old St. Thomas boy has been ruled accidental by Traffic Investigation Bureau officers.

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An incident that claimed the life of a 2-year-old St. Thomas boy on Jan. 6 near the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Estate Anna’s Retreat has been ruled accidental by Traffic Investigation Bureau officers, the V.I. Police Department reported Wednesday.

According to Traffic Commander Sgt. Rosalyn Jarvis, the child, Lewjani Henley, and his mother were attending a function at the church when the congregation was asked to move their vehicles from the northern side of the church. The mother left her son inside the church and went to move the vehicle. Unaware that the child had followed her, she began to reverse her vehicle. The child fell under the right front wheel of her Toyota 4 Runner in a blind spot. The vehicle reversed over the child’s chest.

He was taken by ambulance to the Roy L. Schneider Regional Hospital and Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

The death has been ruled accidental and no charges will be pursued.