Neighbors claim child hit in head with hammer

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 3-year-old Richmond boy is just out of surgery and fighting for his life. A witness said he fell and hurt his head, but police were called in to investigate.

Doctors at VCU Medical Center diagnosed the boy with a severe skull fracture. At last check, police told us he was in serious condition.

At the 1900 block of Accommodation Street in the East End, Markisha Taylor says she watches kids playing outside. But Wednesday afternoon, she and others discovered the little boy bleeding and called 911.

"We are at the scene where he was laying, right about there, there is the blood," said Taylor.

The child's mother told police she thinks her boy fell off the railing, but neighbors tell a different story.

Neighbor, Akai Dupre, said his sister went in for questioning.

"He was just laying flat on his face with his arms out bleeding from both sides of his head actually, so when she went in the house she said she found the hammer that most likely the tool he used to hit him in his head," said Dupre.

We spoke with the same group of witnesses an investigator talked to and they say the same thing.

"I know the saying is he was hit in the head with a hammer and the doctors also said he was hit with a blunt object," said Taylor.

Dupre told us, his sister was the first to find the bloody hammer and says an older boy hit the 3-year-old in the head. The Department of Social Services say they don't know if the boy's mother is to blame. The mother was inside her home watching television at the time of the incident.

"The local Department of Social Services is clearly going to assess the risk, based on factual evidence and what is presented and really come to sound conclusions based on the evidence," said Director of the Division of Family Services.

Police can't confirm if the kid was hit in the head with a hammer in the hands of another kid. They say the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

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