Disturbing video has surfaced showing a Colorado man throwing a 2-year-old boy into oncoming traffic.
According to KKTV, 30-year-old Bryant Hickcox was arrested for attempted murder after bystanders watched him pick up a toddler and walk towards an intersection. Hickcox reportedly waited for the light to turn green and then threw the boy out in front of the cars waiting at the light.
The car immediately in front of the intersection swerved around the child and Tracy Willner, who was in the car behind, jumped out to help the boy.
“I don’t think the realization has hit,” Willner said. “He threw a baby into traffic. He threw him hard into traffic and the baby rolled. Thank God the lady in front of us swerved and was paying attention.”
Willner said she wasn’t sure what Hickcox was doing at first, presuming what he was holding to be a bag or a dog.
Willner rushed to help the boy, who was standing in the middle of the street, and Willner’s husband, along with two other witnesses, chased Hickcox and restrained him until police arrived.
“I grabbed the baby and just held him. He was soaking wet and crying,” Willner said, according to MyFox8. “I’m just standing there in the rain, holding the baby, screaming, ‘Someone call 911, someone call 911,’ because my phone was dead,” she said.
KKTV reports that police arrived and arrested Hickcox, who is being held on attempted murder charges and in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Arrest papers for Hickcox showed he thought the 2-year-old, who was later determined to be his cousin, was “the devil.” It was not immediately clear why Hickcox chose to throw the boy into the middle of the street, but the arresting officers made note that Hickcox denied doing such.
The boy has a few small cuts and bruises, but is expected to be OK.
The boy’s parents said they are still trying to understand what happened but have expressed their gratitude to Willner.
“Everybody kept saying ‘Thank you, thank you.’ I was like, ‘You don’t have to thank me. That’s what you’re supposed to do,'” Willner said. She also said one officer was surprised that Willner chose to get involved, noting that many witnesses decide to keep moving.
“We have to have each other’s back. If it was your kid, you’d want somebody to be there and comfort her or him too,” she said.