The mother of the young toddler, Tabatha Anglin, was unharmed but a passenger in the car suffered severe injuries.
In Butts County on Thursday afternoon, a big tree fell into a mother's car, killing the 5-year-old kid inside. Egan Jeffcoat was murdered in the weather-related tragedy on January 12 on Starlake Drive in Jackson, according to the child's relatives, who spoke to WSB-TV.
The mother of the young toddler, Tabatha Anglin, was unharmed, but a passenger in the car suffered terrible injuries, including many broken bones, and was taken to the hospital. Tabatha, a single mother, is beyond devastated by this horrible tragedy.
His mother had come to pick him up from school. They were attempting to return home before the storms arrived. Michael Livery, a resident, and his brother told WANF that they attempted to assist the family in the wrecked car. The mom and her toddler were less than a mile from their home, according to the Butts County sheriff. Several residents expressed regret that they couldn't do more to assist save the infant.
Following the loss of the youngster on Thursday, a GoFundMe page was set up, with approximately $30,000 raised as of Sunday morning. "Our precious Egan, who had been in this world for five short years, was taken tragically on January 12, 2023, to be home with the Lord," the GoFundMe reads, adding that Tabatha had picked him up early from school because the two were trying to get home before the storm "when a tree fell directly on their car". The campaign shares that the tragedy has been "devastating to the entire family."
Tabatha, a single mother, is heartbroken since Egan is "her entire world". The GoFundMe aims to raise well-wishers' contributions toward funeral expenses and other expenses to support the single mom get back on her feet, such as a new vehicle.
Many people shared their love and support via messages on the GoFundMe, such as user Kay Turner, who wrote, "Egan was a special little boy. When I would go to take pictures in the gym he would come running, wanting to help me bring my equipment in to set up for pictures. Egan was a great little helper. He was such a ray of sunshine, he never met a stranger. This just breaks my heart. The world has lost a bright light." Friends of the family, Megan & Robert Cauthen, wrote, "Tabatha, we are Heartbroken for you and your entire family! I just can’t imagine what you’re going through right now. Please, If you need anything at all, we are all here for you!!"
Ken Rivers, a commissioner for Butts County, shared he was traveling home with his son when they were caught in the storm. Around them, many trees were falling. “As soon as I turned my truck around, we were in a tornado. It was dark; there was debris hitting us from all angles. Hail. As you can see, the tree hit the front of the truck, bounced on the windshield, and then off my truck. I put it in the park and told my son, ‘Be calm.’ So we sat until the tornado passed,” Rivers said.
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