A 2-year-old boy, who was holding onto his mom's hand, was critically injured in a hit-and-run crash in Bridgeport Tuesday night.
Police in Bridgeport said the incident was reported around 9 p.m. in the 600 block of Capitol Avenue, which neighbors described as a busy stretch of road.
"The cars are flying up and down the street all the time," said Clemente Castillo, of Bridgeport.
According to investigators, the boy's mother parked her vehicle and had her two children with her. She said she got the first child out of the vehicle and was standing outside holding the child's hand on the street side in front of the driver's door.
According to the women, the other child unbuckled himself from his car seat and jumped into the driver's seat.
When the mother tried to open the door, Corey Gordon, whose hand she was holding, was then hit by a car and the car never stopped.
"I heard screaming. The mother was screaming really bad," Castillo said. "I thought I heard a car accident at first. Then when I looked out the window I seen a baby on the floor, unconscious underneath the floor."
Corey suffered serious head trauma and was rushed to a Bridgeport hospital before being airlifted to Yale-New Haven Hospital where the child is currently listed in critical condition. Corey was operated on Wednesday night.
"If you have a child you understand," said mother Erica Parmlee. "My baby did nothing wrong."
People who live in the area rushed to help.
"Almost everyone in the neighborhood came out and I ran upstairs and told my roommate to call an ambulance," Castillo said. "I see about 20 cars came because all these houses up here came out to help."
Police said the vehicle, which they have not located, continued on Capitol Avenue.
"I just want justice for my son," Parmlee said. "I just need someone to come forward for my baby."
The investigation in ongoing and police are asking for the public's help in the case.
"Turn yourself in now. If you don't, we will find you," said Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett. "We are coming we will find you. We will bring justice."
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-576-8126 or text information to CRIMES (274637) then TIP717 in the body of the text message.
All calls will remain anonymous.
"We need the public's help in finding the person who did this," said Mayor Bill Finch. "We're all here to support the family during this difficult time - we need the community to come together and support this family. If anyone out there has information about the driver of this car, I urge you on behalf of Corey and his mother, to come forward and call the Bridgeport Police Department."
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