Mother kills toddler backing over her with car, relatives call it tragic accident

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On Tuesday a west side Detroit neighborhood is in shock after a mother backed over her 17-month-old girl in the driveway.

Police inspected the Chevrolet Malibu in the driveway of a home on Faust after being called to the home near Seven Mile.

Relatives of the child did not want to appear on camera but called the death a tragedy and an accident. Detroit police are still investigating.

"I'm very sorry about what happened," said neighbor Quintel Burdine. "I'm a mother of three - I can only imagine. I've never lost a baby."

Burdine lives down the street well aware of how many children are in the neighborhood - and how careful drivers have to be.

In the case currently under investigation - police say the 22-year-old mother was allegedly backing out of her driveway when this tragedy happened just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say paramedics rushed the child to the hospital but she couldn't be saved.

"I just saw when the ambulance came and got the other children out of the house and they've had everything blocked off since then," said Burdine.

"When you're sitting in front - it's almost impossible to see what's behind you," said Earl Hundley, who works nearby. "You have to really, really be paying attention."

Hundley works at the school down the street. This accident even more tragic on this first day of the school year - when so many children are out walking - and safety is so important.

"It's very sad and it's very unfortunate," he said. "You have to always keep your eyes open because you never know. You have to pay attention to your surroundings."