‘I wish it was me’ Community mourns the loss of 3-year-old killed after tree falls on Sumter Co. home

Updated: Apr. 27, 2019 at 2:54 PM EDT
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Coroner has confirmed the death of a 3-year-old child after being injured when a tree went through a mobile home.

Sumter County Coroner Robbie Baker identified the child as Alexander Sheptock. Baker said Alexander was trapped in his home when a tree fell on it on April 19.

It happened at the Burgess Glen Mobile Home Park Friday as severe weather moved through the Midlands.

Kim Williams, who lives in the neighborhood said she heard the tree fall.

“The lights were flickering and all of a sudden I heard a noise, it was so loud it was just like something just broke in half,” Williams said.

It was a tear-filled morning for neighbors after waking up to the news.

“It could have happened to my child,” Kim Williams, who lives nearby said. “It’s hard to even talk about it. It’s just really hard because you know when you have your child in the hospital you have all hopes that your child is going to make it through.”

Maria Brewington, Property Manager, Burgess Glen Mobile Home Park was inside the management office, which sits next door to Sheptocks home, and saw the tree fall.

“I prayed to god no one was in the house,” Brewington said. “The tree had fallen down the other side it would have hit me, gone through the roof of the place I was sitting in. It would have hit and killed me. I wish it was me because I am an older lady and I have lived my life, instead of taking the little baby.”

Neighbors say they fear for something like this to happen again because large pine trees surround the area.

Carlos Bing, who lives nearby said, “This is a sign to get some of these trees cut down so everyone else will be safe and we won’t have to go through this again.”

WIS reached out to office management about the neighborhood concern of pine trees surrounding the area.

Management says they are planning to sell the property but will recommend to the new owner to cull out trees.

“The good lord I hope takes the angel and puts him in heaven and I pray for the people who have enough strength to go through what to what they have to go through to losing their own child,” Brewington said.

Family members are working on funeral arrangements.

There will be two dart tournament benefits held for Alex:

  • Jimmy’s of Sumter, 3201 Broad St, Sumter, SC 29150, Friday at 8 p.m.
  • Ravens Nest, 3925 McCrays Mill Rd, Sumter, SC 29154, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Proceeds will go to the family.

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