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Toddler struck by car in Providence identified

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By: Samantha Lavien
Twitter: @samanthalavien

A Providence toddler is in critical condition after being struck by a neighbor's car on Gillen Street Tuesday morning.

Police say the neighbor unknowingly hit the 15-month-old identified as Justin Diaz Cabral around 9:30 a.m.

The child's father found his son in the driveway and rushed him to the emergency room.

"We have sketchy information that the child got out of his apartment and one of the other tenants was leaving for work this morning and accidentally or we believe at this point was not aware the child was there and struck the child,” said Commander Thomas Oates with the Providence Police Department.

Police took the child's mother to the hospital soon after the accident.

Authorities say the driver was a 28-year-old from Providence. We are told she was notified of what happened and went right to the hospital.

A relative of the toddler, speaking only Spanish says that neighbor called his family at some point to say she ran over something but didn't realize it was a child. The relative describes what he was doing moments before the accident.

"He had just woken up and she had brushed his teeth and put clothes on him and he just went outside and that's when that happened,” said the relative.

Several neighbors gathered as police processed the scene. Those people saying their prayers are with the family.

"It brought tears to my eyes because, it is just sad. Look at the situation, an innocent baby that can't be protected and somebody's mother. It is just a tragedy,” said Maya Pina.

The incident remains under investigation.

As of now, no charges have been filed against the driver.

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