Distraught family say 'we didn't get you for long' as 'perfect baby' killed in pram crash on first outing
THE teenage parents of a two-week-old baby boy who was killed in a horror pram crash today said: “Mommy’s and daddy’s hearts will always ache, we love you more than anything.”
Ciaran Leigh Morris was tragically killed after a BMW collided with his buggy on Easter Sunday in Brownhills, near Walsall, West Mids.
His heartbroken parents, Camaron Morris, 18, and Codie Holyman, also 18, today held each other for support when they visited the tragic scene 24 hours after he was killed.
They paid an emotional tribute to their premature son, who was born almost a month early, after he was killed on his "first outing".
In a statement issued on their behalf by police, the couple said: "We didn’t get to keep you for long but we are happy we had the chance to meet you, look after you and call you our son.
"Fly high angel."
We love you more than anything."
Flowers were laid at the scene of the tragic crash and the boy's great aunt today said the family has been left "heartbroken".
Lisa Forde, 58, from Brownhills, West Mids, said: “It’s just heartbreaking.
“I don’t think there’s anything else I can say, my mind’s gone blank.”
Camaron and Codie posted pictures of their newborn son on Facebook on March 18.
In another post, Codie, who studied at Walsall College, proudly uploaded a picture of their son wearing a cute animal-print jumper and bottoms.
Camaron, who says he works at McDonald's, also posted a picture of him holding Ciaran shortly after his birth.
Relatives said Ciaran was born three and a half weeks early “so shouldn’t even have been here”.
A heroic man “in his late 20s” tried desperately to save Ciaran by performing CPR until paramedics arrived.
He was taken to hospital, but tragically could not be saved.
A 34-year-old man was arrested in Bloxwich, West Mids, on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
'IT'S JUST HEARTBREAKING'
A family friend was in tears when he laid a floral tribute at the scene this morning.
He told The Sun Online: “I know the family and all I can say is they are numb with grief.
“It was maybe the first time they had taken the baby out together and this happens.
“It’s an unimaginable horror they are going through. One second and the most precious thing in their lives is gone.”
Another family member left a tribute at the scene which read: "My beautiful nephew Ciaran.
"From the minute mommy told me about you, I knew you were going to be the most loved and perfect baby in the world.
"Words can’t describe the pain we’re feeling now. Being with mommy and
daddy through your small life made my love for you so strong.
"My heart breaks that we can’t cuddle no more. This isn’t goodbye, it is until we meet again, love you always."
Poignantly, there are around a dozen cuddly toys left as tribute to the fact the little boy was so very young.
Another man, whose best friend is part of the heartbroken family, added: “It’s just awful, no one deserves this.
“From what I have heard someone had an accident and lost control then hit them, but there is a lot of hearsay around things like this.
“I know the family very well and they are a really, really nice family. I’m still shocked to hear what’s happened.
“My best mate is part of the family and I know the baby’s mum and uncle.”
Sergeant Mark Crozier, from our serious collision investigation unit, said: "We’ve all been left numb by the sad death of Ciaran.
"He was just two-weeks-old and his life has been tragically taken away.
"To see the loss of someone so young is difficult for us as officers, but we know the pain is even greater for Ciaran’s family.
"We’ll be doing all we can to support them while also trying to establish what happened leading to the collision.
It was maybe the first time they had taken the baby out together and this happens."
“I would ask people to please respect the family at this sad time and allow them the privacy to grieve."
Police stood guard at the scene of the tragedy which happened at around 4pm yesterday.
The metal shutter of the shop where the crash happened was twisted and buckled and bricks remained strewn across the path.
Stuart Evans, 52, a builder from Pelsall, West Mids, placed flowers on the pavement.
He said: “I read about what happened on Facebook and just felt I wanted to pay my respects.
“I’ve got eight grandchildren myself and you can’t imagine how you’d feel in the family’s predicament.
“It’s such a tragedy and terrible for the family. It’s heartbreaking to think what they are going through.
The crash involved a white Ford B-Max and a white BMW 1 Series, which witnesses say trapped the pram against a wall.
One witness told Sun Online the baby's parents were "hysterical", with onlookers trying to calm them down before paramedics arrived.
The eyewitness said: "All I saw was a car that had pinned a baby in a buggy up a iron gate.
"It had just happened as I left the island to enter Brownhills High Street to go home.
"I just stopped to see if I could do anything, but was unable to help."
The boy was flown to hospital by air ambulance but died a short time later.
A relative of the boy also suffered a shoulder injury in the crash.
A West Midlands Police spokesman added: “The driver left the scene but a 34-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards.”
The force asked anyone who may have dashcam footage, either before or at the time of the collision, to contact them.
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