7-month-old baby dies after hit-and-run crash

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A 7-month-old baby boy died after a crash on the near northwest side of Indianapolis Tuesday night, according to IMPD.

The crash happened around 11:00 p.m. near Interstate 65 and Guion Road. Officers found a compact car sitting in the travel lanes with rear-end damage. A 7-month-old child had been ejected from the vehicle, landing near a guardrail.

The child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where he later died. Police confirmed that although the baby was in a child safety seat, he was not properly restrained.

"It seems like there was a car seat in the car and the car seat was not attached to the car and the baby was not attached inside the car seat," Lt. Chris Bailey said on Wednesday.

The child's mother was also hospitalized but, at last check, was listed in good condition. The child's father, a teenager and a 3-year-old were also in the vehicle and were taken to the hospital to get checked out, but did not need to be admitted.

The suspect vehicle - a black Dodge passenger car - flipped off the road and landed in a roadside ditch after clipping the back of the victims' car. Witnesses told police they saw two men running away after the crash.

Officers searched for the suspects on the ground with K-9 officers and by air with their chopper, but were unable to find them. Southbound I-65 and West 38th Street at Commercial Drive were closed while police investigated the crash and searched for the suspects.

"We want to be sure we search every possible area to find those responsible for this heinous crime," Sgt. Kendale Adams said Tuesday. "Any time you are in an accident and you don't stop, that's irresponsibility. Our officers want to turn every stone to find who was driving that vehicle."

The identity of the child's mother and father have not been released at this time.

The suspects have only been described as two white men, though investigators said the black car they were driving was not stolen so they are following up with the person that car was registered to.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Crimestoppers hotline at 262-TIPS.