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Child run over, killed by family member's vehicle at birthday party

CASS COUNTY, Mich - Cass County deputies say a two-year-old child was run over and killed by a family member's vehicle at a birthday party.

It happened around 7 p.m. Sunday evening at a home on the 20000 block of Old 205 in Mason Township.

Investigators say the family member was pulling into the driveway when the vehicle hit 2-year-old Nayla Ryans from Elkhart. The vehicle continued down the driveway, running the child over.

Despite family members doing CPR, Ryans was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

A family member tells ABC 57 News the incident was a freak accident. They say the driver was in a large GMC truck and didn't see the toddler in the driveway. 

Investigators say the driver is cooperating. They say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident.


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