Suspect Tosses Child Out of Truck Window While Fleeing - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

04/05/05

Suspect Tosses Child Out of Truck Window While Fleeing

The scene on Holly Avenue. The scene on Holly Avenue.

A very disturbing situation on Savannah's east side. While officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant, another crime happened right before their eyes, sending a two-year-old to the hospital.

When officers stepped out of their car, a truck sped away from the scene and what happened next nearly ended the life the boy, Rodrick Iford.

Law enforcement officers are still trying to figure out why anyone would throw an innocent child out of a truck. "We've got a lot of questions right now and we don't have a lot of answers," said Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

What they do know is that parole officers drove up on a horrifying scene. Parole officers came to Holly Avenue to serve a warrant to Marcus Bennett. They saw Bennett standing by a green truck. When they got out of their car, they saw Bennett take off on foot going down an alley.

That's when the truck he was standing next to took off down the street.

"This is very disturbing for anyone," said Burnsed.

When the truck got halfway down the street, officers noticed something unthinkable. They saw the two-year-old get thrown out a window.

That's when the truck sped off, running over the child's arm.

Now police say an innocent child is in the hospital and the two men responsible are still on the run.

Police need your help in finding the men who did this to Rodrick Iford. The men were last seen driving an older-model gray or green Chevy pickup truck on Holly Avenue.

If you have any information, call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Fortunately, Roderick suffered only scratches and bruises and police expect him to make a full recovery.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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