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Vigil for three-year-old killed by driver
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A mother makes a plea to the public for help finding the person who killed her three-year-old son.
A driver hit Jaylen Hill after he ran into the street after a ball. Investigators at the Cincinnati Police Department's traffic section have been working the case and every angle. But unfortunately they've run out of leads.
Jaylen Hill's mother is wondering how the driver can sleep at night after hitting and killing a three-year-old. Even when Janell Hill is trying to be strong there are moments when she can't fight back tears. Family members comfort her with hugs and words of encouragement to keep fighting for justice for her son.
"It's been hard for us. It's really been hard for us. That's all we want is justice for Jaylen," she said.
Friday evening Janell held a vigil on the second anniversary of Jaylen's death. Someone driving an red Chevy Impala hit Jaylen as the three-year-old ran into the street after a ball. The driver never stopped, dragging the toddler while speeding off.
"If he would've stopped and came back and said something that day or the next day, it would've been a relief, but you kept on going. So evidently you didn't care," Janell Hill said.
Investigators have collected a thick file trying to find the driver. At one point police thought they had the car but after testing found it was the wrong vehicle. And there are no recent tips to follow up.
Police are hoping someone steps forward to bring justice to the family.
An officer in the CPD traffic department tells us, "Everybody in the traffic section here, we have children and we sympathize with that family and they take this on as a personal issue to them. So it hasn't been forgotten and they are working on it."
For now Janell keeps her son in her heart. She wants the driver to know that a special part of her life was taken that day.
Janell said, "He was a fun guy. I love him and I really miss him."
Jaylen's birthday is hard on the family as well. He would've turned five-years-old this past Christmas.
If you have any information that can help police call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
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