A news release stated on Thursday morning that deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Western Drive in Cottonwood after a mother called 9-1-1 and reported that she had run over her 13-month-old infant with her automobile.
The mother attempted to reverse the car from a tight parking spot on the gravel driveway. She informed the police she thought her youngster was safely buckled into the car seat.
According to the sheriff’s office, the front wheel grabbed the car seat’s canopy as the driver was moving the vehicle, sending the seat crashing backward and severely injuring the infant.
Cyra Rose Thoeming, the child, was sent to a local hospital. Despite the valiant efforts of medical staff, the newborn was pronounced dead at the Verde Valley Medical Center, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reported.
It is unknown if the mother will be charged in connection with her daughter’s death. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is conducting further inquiries into the death.
According to the victim’s uncle, the young child was a bright spot in everyone’s day.
Michael Thoeming, the girl’s father, also shared his feelings about the tragedy on the GoFundMe fundraising website.
He said as he wrote on the morning of July 8 at 8:34, he wanted to express his profound appreciation for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support he had received.
He said it’s possible that some already knew Cyra, but many probably never really met her. She was a walking miracle who showed him, his wife, and everyone else she met that God’s love and the goodness of paradise can be found in human form on Earth.
He said time with her was cut short, but they will always keep her in their thoughts and actions.