A man is accused of throwing a toddler into traffic at a busy Colorado Springs intersection Friday night.
Bryant Hickcox, 30, who has been charged with attempted murder, was seen throwing the child into traffic hard enough that the baby rolled into an intersection, according to witness Tracy Willner.
Willner said she and her husband were behind a car that swerved out of the way, and the couple stopped.
“I thought it was a bag or a dog. I wasn’t sure what it was,” she told KKTV. “I don’t think the realization has hit. … 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 got out of the car and grabbed the child, while her husband and two other men chased down Hickcox and restrained him until police could take care of the rest.
“I grabbed the baby and just held him. He was soaking wet and crying. 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.
Other witnesses rushed to help, as Willner tried comforting the boy.
“I just held him right here, and for a little while, he stopped crying. I just wanted to keep him as warm and as safe as possible.”
Police identified the suspect as Bryant Hickcox, 30, who is reportedly the toddler’s cousin.
According to arrest records obtained by 11 News, Hickcox reportedly called his cousin “the devil” before tossing him in front of oncoming cars. The arrest papers go on to state Hickcox told officers he would “never do that.”
Thankfully, the child was not harmed beyond cuts and bruises.
Hickcox is jailed on a $50,000 bond.