Death of 4-year-old might be hit and run

TAMPA, Fla. -- Police are reviewing two surveillance videos as they investigate an accident that led to the death of a 4-year-old boy Monday morning, and the case might be hit and run.

Late Monday police said they had a video that might show the child, Marterrance Albury, was the victim of a hit-and-run Sunday night on Florida Avenue near 109th Avenue. That would be a new angle from the previous version of events that had him falling out of an SUV and being struck by its rear wheels. Earlier, police released a video showing a vehicle leaving the scene.

But, friends and relatives like aunt Doynisha Warfield are still left with questions: "Who would hurt a 4-year old? A 4-year old is defenseless. What was he going to do?"

The boy's mother had gone out for the night, and he was under the supervision of his mentally challenged 17-year-old brother.

"I don't want to blame her for his death," Warfield said, with tears in her eyes.

Police are still searching for the vehicle a dark green, possibly black 2000-2004 Ford Expedition. (surveillance video below)

Warfield doesn't think this was an accident.

"I think he was taken on purpose and I don't think anybody did this as a mistake. He purposely hurt him. I don't think any human, except one without a heart would roll over and keep going. I don't think this was a mistake," she said. "I think that it's murder."

Tampa police say they don't know if Marterrance was pushed or somehow fell out by accident. His brother has had difficulty talking because of his mental state. But they are treating this as a criminal investigation.

Funeral arrangements are now being made for the little boy.

"Whoever is responsible for this, I hope they get what they deserve. They way we hurt is the way they should hurt. Except behind bars." Says Warfield.


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