EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) –A tragic accident in East St. Louis leads to the death of a 1-year-old child. Around 3:50pm Saturday, two brothers, ages 11 and 12, were in a family car listening to music near building 21 in the Gompers Housing Complex at 450 North Sixth Street.
One of the boys turned the car on and put the car into gear. The car moved forward, running over 1-year-old Jay'lah Keith. The boys did not see her in front of the car. She died from severe head injuries.
Jay'lah Keith and her family live in Belleville. They were visiting her grandmother. Her parents saw the accident happen. Her father tried to grab her before she was struck by the car.
Police are investigating and will present the case to the state's attorney for review.
The brothers and Jay'lah were not related.