After This Boy Was Found Wandering Along The Road, Police Discovered A Nightmarish Scene In A Ravine

The job of a police officer can be unpredictable, even at the best of times. A group of deputies from the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department in Arkansas can certainly attest to that, as they found a toddler walking alone along a highway in August 2018. However, some time later, the cops discovered a horrific scene in a nearby ravine.

On the morning of August 20, 2018, a concerned member of the public contacted the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department (O.C.S.D.). The police officers were told that a young boy had been spotted on Arkansas State Highway 24 on his own. With that in mind, they quickly made their way to the scene.

At that point, O.C.S.D. deputies picked the toddler up, taking him into their care. Thankfully he showed no signs of ill-health, despite a number of cuts and scratches on his body. From there, they transported him to the county’s Detention Complex, as the police department began its search for the toddler’s family.

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After bringing the boy in, the O.C.S.D. shared a photograph of him on its Facebook page, hoping to discover his identity. Before long, they reached his family, who told them that his name was Kylen Holliman. The toddler’s relatives also shared his mother’s name with the police, as they hadn’t heard from her in a number of days.

With that in mind, O.C.S.D. returned to the highway, hoping to find out what really happened. However, the concern was already palpable in the Holliman family. Indeed, upon discovering Kylen’s identity, the police were informed that he had a baby brother as well. In fact, their mother, Lisa, kept the pair together at all times.

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“[Lisa] takes them everywhere she goes,” her father, James Holliman, told local KLRT-TV News in August 2018. Following their return to the scene, the police officers started to investigate the surrounding area, looking for an answer. Before long, though, they discovered a nightmarish sight in a ravine not to far from the scene.

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The cops found a car turned on its side after an apparent accident. However, due to its location in the ravine, no motorists driving along the highway could see it. Sadly, they also found Lisa’s body laying near the vehicle. She had died from the injuries she sustained. Her family were left heartbroken.

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“I’ll never get up and see her [again],” James told Arkansas’ KLRT-TV. “I’ll never get to talk to her, laugh with her. My baby’s gone.” Despite that heartbreak, though, the police officers found Kylen’s one-year-old brother alive inside the car, still strapped to his seat.

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“[The boy] was somewhat turned sideways, in a position upside down,” O.C.S.D. Detective Lieutenant Nathan Greeley recalled to KLRT-TV. After getting the baby out of the car, the officers then started to piece together what happened, focusing on how Kylen escaped to the highway.

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Following the crash, Kylen and his brother spent the next four days stuck inside the car, cut adrift from any help. On that fourth day, though, the toddler found a way out of the wreck, working his way through the sunroof. As he got out, he found his mom’s body.

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“When [Kylen] climbed out of that car, seeing his mother dead like that, he tried to wake [her] up,” James said. At that point, the three-year-old started to move towards the main road, climbing up the hilly area of the ravine. However, that also proved a challenge, as he needed to traverse several bushes along the way.

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From there, the toddler finally reached the highway, which led to the arrival of the O.C.S.D. deputies. Kylen’s brother was subsequently admitted to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he was treated for dehydration. Meanwhile, the boys’ grandparents looked to take custody of the pair later that day.

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However, the sight of Kylen’s injuries proved too much for his grandfather, who was overcome with emotion after everything that happened. “It was hard to see my grandson, you know,” James told KLRT-TV News. “Laying there like that, all cut up.”

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Unsurprisingly, this story touched a lot of people, generating plenty of discussion online. Indeed, Kylen’s escape made news across the world, even appearing the U.K. publication the Mirror. The newspaper’s report on the story provoked a number of comments, all of which hailed the three-year-old’s actions.

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“Tragic that their poor mother died, but amazing that the little boy saved both his and his brother’s life,” wrote user MirandaW in the comments section. “Wish them both the best in life.” Those feelings were reiterated by fellow user JaxJax, who also kept in mind Kylen’s incredibly young age.

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“Heartbreaking,” JaxJax wrote. “Bless [Kylen’s] little soul for rescuing his brother and going for help at just three years old.” Meanwhile, user greenman4242 hailed the toddler’s toughness, adding, “The resilience of children. It shows [that] they do not need wrapping in cotton wool.”

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Elsewhere, user Jingles offered their sympathies to the Holliman family. “Bless them,” they wrote. “So glad they are safe, but so incredibly sad for them and their family [that] their mother has died. R.I.P.” That feeling was echoed by fellow user Luvaduck, who added, “So glad they were found, but, oh dear, their poor mom. What a sad story.”

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Unfortunately for Kylen and his family, though, this story took another turn in the aftermath of the accident. It happened as Lisa’s body was taken to the hospital. While there, the doctors made a discovery that left James crestfallen, adding to the pain he was already in.

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“We just found that out at the hospital that [Lisa] was pregnant,” James told KLRT-TV. “We didn’t know [that] we’d lost two [people in the accident].” Indeed, as it turned out, Lisa was only a month into her third pregnancy at the time of the crash.

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However, despite the tragedy that followed the accident, Kylen’s brave actions can’t be forgotten. Following four nightmarish days in that car wreck, he summoned enormous bravery to save his brother’s life. As Detective Lieutenant Greeley put it, “They went through pure hell.” Thankfully, the boys came out on the other side.

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