Authorities say “terrible tragedy” led to 23-month-old’s death

FLETCHER, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami County Sheriff’s office has identified the child run over by a vehicle Sunday afternoon as 23-month-old, Marcus Bowers.

It happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 9300 block of State Route 589 near the village of Fletcher.

“A relative was going to back out of the drive to leave and did not see the 2 year old and struck the child,” said Chief Deputy Dave Duchak with the Miami County Sheriffs Office.

Careflight was immediately requested but was canceled after first responders pronounced the child dead.

“Children are so small and some of the bigger cars it makes it really hard to see sometimes and kids are so fast and agile. They can get away from ya,” Duchak said. “It’s a terrible, terrible tragedy and obviously the family is going through a lot.”

According to authorities the incident appears to be accidental but will be performing a thorough investigation.

The family is also getting counseling by the Miami County Victim Witness Advocates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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