(10/17/12) - An early morning domestic situation ended with a 9-year-old boy in critical condition.
It happened in the 6000 block of Cypress Drive, just off Coldwater Road. That's in Genesee County's Mt. Morris Township.
Police say the boy's sister and her boyfriend were fighting, when the boyfriend jumped in his car to leave. The 9-year-old was somehow dragged by that vehicle.
Police are still trying to piece together exactly how the little boy was dragged by the car. They say it's possible he was attempting to jump in the vehicle to defend his sister.
Right now, he's fighting to stay alive.
Residents of this Mt. Morris Township neighborhood are saddened by the incident.
"I just heard screaming and yelling outside and looked out my window and I seen his sister yelling and screaming," said neighbor Kim Patton. "Just pray that he's OK, that he makes it."
According to police, the 9-year-old's sister and her boyfriend were arguing early Wednesday morning. The boyfriend, angry, jumped in his car to leave. That might be when the little boy intervened.
"The male subject went to leave and jumped in his vehicle and it looks as if the 9 year old possibly ran out to stop him. That's the part we're trying to investigate now," said Scot McKenna, Mt. Morris Twp. Police Chief. "I think he was just trying to protect his sister."
Police believe the little boy was possibly hit and then somehow dragged by the boyfriends vehicle.
Kim Patton and her kids, who often play with the boy, watched from across the street.
"When I opened my door, I saw him lying on the curb there. It was not good," she said. "Very well mannered little boy. Just tragic, sad, I can't believe it happened."
The boyfriend, who left the scene, was later arrested in Flint.
The 9 year old was taken to Hurley with multiple injuries, including a head wound.
"We have detectives on site there that said he is alive but extremely critical at this point," McKenna said.
The little boy attends Daily Elementary in the Beecher School District.
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