Clayton County police seek help investigating 7-year-old’s hit-and-run death

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Clayton County police are pleading with the public for help gathering details about a hit-and-run that killed a 7-year-old Sunday morning.

Officers were called to the area of Tara Boulevard and Southside Commercial Parkway around 2:30 a.m. and found the child already dead, according to a news release.

Investigators have been unable to develop any leads in the case, police said.

During a news conference Tuesday, Capt. Steven Palmer said police believe the child may have snuck out without anyone noticing and that the parents are cooperating with the investigation. The child’s name was not released.

Palmer said investigators desperately need the public’s help. They are asking anyone who was in the area between 2:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. to come forward.

“If they saw anything, might have felt a bump in the car. A lot of times, people don’t know they might have hit something,” Palmer said. “With this being a small child, they might have struck and not realized that they actually struck a juvenile. So we’re asking if anybody from the public if they were in the area at that time to give Clayton County police a call.”

It was not clear if the person responsible would face any charges.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Clayton County Police Department at 770-473-3983 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).