A 3-year old boy and his 1-year old baby brother survived a car accident that killed their mother, and left them without anything to eat and drink for about 3 to 4 days. The older brother has been regarded as a hero for being able to escape alone, and find help under challenging circumstances.
On Monday, a boy was found wandering alone with scratches and cuts to his body along the road of Camden, South Arkansas. Authorities immediately launched an investigation and posted the boy’s photo online to possibly identify him. While waiting, they took care of the boy, bathed him and changed his soiled clothes.
Half an hour after posting the boy’s photo on Facebook, relatives reached out and identified him as Kylen Holliman, a 3-year-old boy who they said had been missing for days with his mother and a 1-year-old brother.
The sheriffs then returned to the area where Kylen was found. Not too far away, they found a wrecked car in a deep ravine unnoticeable from the road. There they found the deceased body of his 25-year-old mother Lisa Holliman outside the car and his 1-year-old brother in the child restraint seat still alive.
The 1-year-old baby was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to be treated for dehydration and was eventually released.
Authorities believe Kylen climbed out of the wrecked car through the sunroof or open window and walked through a bushy hill possibly under high temperatures of above 32 degrees. Additionally, they were left with nothing to eat and drink for 3 to 4 days.
“If it weren’t for him getting out of the vehicle, it would have been a horrible situation and we probably would be looking at three deaths as a result of that accident,” Detective Nathan Greeley of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office told People about the incident.
“All I can say is, in the 11 years that I’ve been here, I have never seen something so tragic and amazing at the same time. It’s tragic for the loss of the mother, but it’s nothing short of a miracle that the boy was able to escape. At the end of the day, that boy is the hero who saved his brother,” Greeley continued.