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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A three-year-old boy who was severely injured when a multi-state police chase ended in South Philadelphia is now back home in Baltimore receiving at-home care after fighting for his life for days.
Meghan Stone-Kirts and her family were traveling from Baltimore to New York for some birthday fun last Thursday. It was their first trip to the city. They were going to see the Statue of Liberty and visit the zoo, but that all ended in an instant when a suspect being chased by police –and police vehicles – crashed into them on I-95.
Five of them were in the car. Almost all of them were injured. The most serious is 3-year-old David Tillman
David suffered multiple skull fractures, brain bleeding and a spinal injury.
Stone-Kirts tells CBS3 that her son is in stable condition and will learn how to walk at home, but will follow up with weekly appointments at John Hopkins Hospital.
In an interview with WJZ’s Rick Ritter in Baltimore, Stone-Kirts says her son is scarred for life.
“He keeps waking up with nightmares and everything,” she said. “I still have nightmares, I still have not slept, I don’t want to sleep, because I’m scared if I go to sleep. I’m either going to wake up to my husband passed out and dead or my son injured and dead.”
Stone-Kirts says the injuries to David’s head may never heal.
Police have not arrested any suspects related to the chase.
But the family is calling for changes to the way police conduct chases.
“If it’s probation violation, give them a must appear and if they don’t appear, send out people to look for him, don’t chase him on a highway,” Stone-Kirts said.