The older child, a boy, was found wandering beside a road in Arkansas. After further investigation, they found his one-year-old brother inside their wrecked car with their mother, who died in the accident.
The two children survived the car wreck and had been stranded at the scene without food or water for days, while their lifeless 25-year-old mother got ejected from the vehicle during the accident.
On August 22, the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office found a boy with scratches and cuts all over his body walking on the roadside in Camden, Arkansas.
They went ahead and conducted an investigation and looked for the child’s relatives.
Talking to People, Nathan Greeley, a Lieutenant with Ouachita’s detective criminal investigation division said that the boy looked like he had crawled through “a bunch of thorns.”
The officers took the boy to their headquarters, bathed and fed him.
They also posted a photo of him on social media hoping that someone would identify the child.
30 minutes after the police posted the photo, a family member reached out and said that the boy was three-year-old Kylen Holliman.
Reports revealed he had been missing for a couple of days together with his mother, Lisa Holliman, and his one-year-old brother.
After receiving that information, the police went back to the place where Kylen was seen. Soon enough, they found the car wreckage and saw Lisa’s lifeless body outside of their car.
Greely said, “It appeared she had been ejected for the vehicle and she had been deceased for quite some time. The vehicle was turned on its side, and we found a 1-year-old child still in the child restraint, still alive.”
The police were stunned to see that Kylen’s brother was still alive in his car seat. They quickly got him out and cared for him as they waited for emergency services to report to the scene.
The child was later taken to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
“You could tell he was just happy someone was there. It didn’t matter if it was a complete stranger or not, we gave him that love and comfort that he needed,” said Greeley.
The officer suggested that Kylen got out of the car and walked towards where he was spotted, which was about 300 yards away.
They believe that the two boys were stranded inside the vehicle for days without food or water.
Greeley said if Kylen did not get out of the vehicle, they probably would have been investigating an accident that involved three deaths and not just one.