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04/08/05

Family of Boy Thrown from Truck Speaks Out

We told you the story of the two-year-old boy thrown from a truck earlier this week. Little Rodrick Iford is back home and now his family is speaking out about what happened.

They're saying everything happened so fast that day, they're just thankful Rodrick was able to walk away from this horrible incident.

A mark is left on little Rodrick's arm after police say two men threw him out of a truck, than ran him over.

"I thank God that he doesn't have any injuries or anything and that he's alive and well," said Britianie Iford, his mother.

Safe and back at home with his family, Rodrick acts as if nothing happened to him at all, wrestling with his older brother. How he managed to get into the truck or who might have tried to take him is still a question that has yet to be answered.

"I don't know who they are or how they got in the vehicle," said Britianie.

Rodrick's mom and grandmother, Betty Richardson, think he might have run out the door when they weren't looking. "If anybody have kids and at some point some child, whether they was outside or whether they was inside, just get out the door, that doesn't mean they were a bad parent," said Betty.

Afraid of being accused of being a bad parent, Betty just wants people to know her grandchildren are well loved by their mom and that what happened to little Rodrick was frightening for the entire family.

They're thankful he walked away with just an abrasion. "I'm letting the whole world know that he's fine, he's not dead, not broken up and that's a blessing," Betty said.

Police are following up on some leads to this case. But if you know anything about what happened, call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020 or call police. A reward is being offered.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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