Mother's horror as child dragged to death
A four-year-old boy was killed after being dragged from his mother's car which was hijacked.
JOHANNESBURG - The parents of a four-year-old boy who died in a car hijacking in Reiger Park have appealed to authorities to do everything possible to find those responsible.
Taegrin Morris was with his mother and eight-year-old sister outside his grandmother's house when they were approached by three armed men on Saturday evening.
His mother tried to unstrap him, but the hijackers drove away leaving him dangling outside the car.
The little boy's mother, Chantel Morris, says the horror of watching her child being dragged outside her car is unbearable.
"I don't know how many times they drove over him. They drove over my child!"
His father Elwin Morris has a stern warning for the hijackers.
"I feel like killing those people, God must help the police to catch them first before I do."
The suspects are still at large but police are following certain leads.
MOTHER'S HORROR AS CHILD DRAGGED TO DEATH
Chantel couldn't hold back her emotions as she described how her son was pulled out of her arms while she was trying to unstrap him from the vehicle.
"I grabbed him and held him and I pulled him, but he was stuck in the seat belt."
She says she begged the hijackers not to harm her children.
"I told them they could take everything, but I just wanted my children safe, please let me just take my children."
Video: Morris famliy speaks out.
The car was later found abandoned in Boksburg which is about 8km away from Reiger Park, with boy's body still hanging from the vehicle.
Meanwhile, people took to social media Twitter to vent their outrage:
- Gareth Staley (@GPSmedic) July 20, 2014
" @_038799076457: 4 year old killed in hijacking in Reiger Park. Horrifying inhuman monsters who would do this." Heart breaking & senseless!
- Annie (@AnnieMcFan) July 20, 2014
Hijackers drag a 4yr old boy for 4km to his death, Reiger park, S.A. So this is the offal, the garbage we are to 'integrate' with?
- michael crabracer (@crabracer) July 20, 2014
The story of the Reiger Park little boy has plagued me all day!Feel so terribly sorry & sad for this child & his fam http://t.co/Tzg6Y7tvkc
- Katy Katopodis (@KatyKatopodis) July 20, 2014
My heart goes out to the parents of the 4year old boy that past away this weekend in Reiger Park:(
- FreePalestine (@HeediBoy) July 20, 2014
I understand that crime is every where in the world but South Africa is worse,am so hurt by the death of this 4 year old boy in Reiger park
- michael mabatha (@michaelmabatha) July 21, 2014
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION
Gauteng police are offering a reward of up to R50,000 for any information on the incident.
The police's Noxolo Kweza said the police are urging the public to come forward with information.
"This is saddening and unacceptable."