Questions Surround Toddler's Death

He was only 16 months old. A young life that ended Tuesday.

“He was just Braden.....just a good little boy,” says next-door Tammy Mullins of the toddler who died Tuesday at UK hospital. She’s among many asking questions.

Mullins says Braden's mother's boyfriend was taking care of the child Tuesday afternoon. Suddenly...he yelled for her outside.

“He said, ‘Tammy, I think he's having an asthma attack. I'm not sure.’ I said what happened, and he said ‘he fell out of his playpen,’” says Mullins.

She says she called 9-1-1...and waited...and waited some more.

“I said I need someone now. I'm administering CPR..I need you here now. Kept saying they're on their way way..on their way,” says Mullins.

Mullins says she and others continued the fight for survival below a tree....She says more than an hour later.....still no ambulance.

“If me and David would had it to do all over again, we'd have just taken Braden down to the hospital. All by ourselves. Maybe he would have had a better chance,” says Mullins.

But ambulance director Jimmy Bridges says 2 ambulances and a paramedic responded not within a hour...but within 15 minutes.

“According to our records....we got the call at 1:35, we had 2 crews in route. One in 10 seconds and the other in
21 seconds,” says Bridges.

Bridges says the child was revived for a while but he later died at UK hospital.

An autopsy is being done on the child and police are investigation but they say don't know if charges will be filed.

“Unfortunately anytime a child is involved any length of time 5, 10, 12 minutes it seems like a lot longer than that when you deal with a child,” says Bridges.

Police haven't put a timetable on how long their investigation will last.

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  • by Stacy Location: Belfry on May 25, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    Who really cares how long it took the ambulance to get there...we are missing the point...a child is dead at the hands of an awful monster. When are we going to wake up and do something in this state to protect our kids?
  • by SANDY Location: LONDON,KY on May 24, 2007 at 07:26 PM
    I listened as these events unfolded on my scanner and i held my breath hoping the ambulance personel would be on time. They battled heavy traffic all the way there but the first call said a child was unresponsive and they were administering C.P.R in the breezeway at the apt. complex. The ambulance attendee told the people at Marymount Hosp. that the child was code 700 which means death, and she also said they had conflicting storied while on the scene that the child had fallen down the outside stairs and the other report they had gotten was that the child had fallen out of his playpen.This is another sad story involving a child who has died in Ky this year. God bless these little angels.
  • by CINDY WALLACE Location: MIDDLESBOROKY on May 24, 2007 at 02:45 PM
  • by Jamie Location: Corbin on May 24, 2007 at 01:54 PM
    I live in Corbin. With all the road construction surrounding Corbin, the ambulance crews were lucky to make it in 15 minutes, it's about a 10 minute drive from the ambulance headquarters to the apartment complex on a good day
  • by T Location: H on May 24, 2007 at 01:14 PM
    This happened at Corbin Manor apartments. So depending on where the ambulances were at when they were called out, it could have taken a little while for them to arrive. I assume if any of the emergancy personal thought it was going to take longer than a few mins, they would have sent an ambulance from Whitley County since its probably closer anyway. No offense to the people living there but anytime you get a large group of people together like that and ask them questions its untelling the stories youll hear, most are talking just to get attention.
  • by corbin Location: corbin on May 24, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    my husband and I met the 2 ambulances coming to corbin, We were at Lily they were not going slow,They were really trying to get where they were going to in a hurry,I would not blame the ambulance drivers, we seen them with our own eyes, Doing a great job.
  • by Betty Location: Eastern KY on May 24, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    Okay, according to EMS the call was received at 1:35, the ambulance took 15 mintutes to get there, so that would make the arrival time 1:50. I would think 911 records would be just about impossible to change, so there should be an easy way to prove who's right. Personally I wouldn't have waited the hour they alledgedly waited. I'd have headed for the hospital if the ambluance hadn't come within 15-20 minutes. Why did the family wait so long if they were doing CPR?
  • by Shirley Location: London on May 24, 2007 at 10:52 AM
    Ambulanc Inc. of Laurel county does a good job.All anyone has to do is call police dispatch to see how long it took the ambulance to set there. There is no need to try to blame the ambulance service for the death of this child when his injuries may have been so serious that nothing could help.
  • by mel Location: lex on May 24, 2007 at 09:49 AM
    This was in Corbin...depending on where they were located, it might have taken that long to arrive.
  • by anonymous Location: WV on May 24, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    So if the first crew was in route in 10 seconds did it take 14 min and 50 sec to arrive at the scene?
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