Child Is Dead & People Are Asking Questions

By: Phil Pendleoton Email
By: Phil Pendleoton Email

A child is dead and people are asking a lot of questions.

Police say the child died Tuesday night near Corbin in Laurel County, what happened before that depends on who you ask.

He was only 16 months old.

Braden's next door neighbor Tammy Mullins says Braden's mother's boyfriend was taking care of him Tuesday afternoon when 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,” Tammy Mullins said.

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,” Mullins said.

Mullins says she and others continued the fight for survival below.

She says an hour and a half later, still no ambulance.

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

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,” Bridges said.

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

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,” Bridges said.

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


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