Mother's horror after baby run over

A MOTHER has today spoken about the horror of seeing her 14-month-old daughter under the wheels of a taxi.Monica Sheldrake said she went into hysterics when she spotted that her youngest child, Shannay, had crawled under the vehicle, which was parked on her drive at the time.

A MOTHER has today spoken about the horror of seeing her 14-month-old daughter under the wheels of a taxi.

Monica Sheldrake said she went into hysterics when she spotted that her youngest child, Shannay, was under the vehicle, which was parked on her drive at the time.

Fortunately thanks to a quick-thinking passer-by, Shannay was pulled out from under the taxi before serious injury was caused.

After a night in hospital and several tests, the baby is now at home recovering, having received cuts and bruises to mainly her arms and head.

Miss Sheldrake, 28, of Rydal Walk, said: “She is relaxing at the moment but she is still a bit shocked by the whole thing. She has cuts and bruises all over her body.

“I am so angry about it. She was so close to getting her head crushed.”

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Miss Sheldrake's son, Brandon, eight, had got the taxi back home from school, and as it parked up on the drive, he got out, paid, with his sister Shannay by his side and went to give the change to his mother. The next thing they knew Shannay was under the vehicle.

The driver started to move but neighbours and the family spotted the tot underneath and called for him to stop.

Mrs Sheldrake, mother of four, said: “The car knocked her a bit and then it dragged her along as it moved forward. Her neck was bleeding and there was oil all over her.

“I was just in a panic and froze.

“Someone came along and pulled her out. It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened. We are all trying to calm down about it but I didn't sleep a wink last night.

“Shannay was very distressed by the whole thing. She was given morphine at the hospital and had to go through all these big machines to check her head. It has been really frightening for her.”

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