Toddler Dies After Falling in Creek. Six Weeks Later, Parents’ Nightmare Becomes Even More Hellish

Julia and Peter Roberts have been forced to endure a six-week period no parent should ever have to go through.

At the end of January, they were outside with their children when their two-year-old son, William, wondered off.

According to WDRB, they claimed that the last place they saw the toddler was near the edge of the creek that sat on their property. For 12 hours the Clark County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Office, a group of volunteers, helicopters, a diver team, and K9 units searched for the little boy.

It was when a volunteer threw a ball into the creek to follow the flow of the current that they found William facedown under a brush pile located directly behind the family’s house.

William was declared dead after he was taken to a local hospital.

Julia told “Inside Edition” that William’s older brother, Ayden, was dealing with his brother’s death in his own way:

“HE SOMETIMES LASHED OUT A LITTLE BIT. OTHERWISE, HE TRIED TO CHEER ME UP MOST OF THE TIME. HE WAS SUCH A SWEET BOY. LAST WEEK, I WAS CRYING AND HE SAID, ‘MOMMY, DON’T CRY.’’’

Six weeks later, tragedy struck the Roberts family again. Around 8:00 on the morning of March 8, 2017, Peter Roberts was taking his son to kindergarten.

Police told WDRB that Peter was driving when he “ran off the road into a ditch, over-corrected and slammed into oncoming traffic.” The crash, which involved a total of three vehicles, split his Chevy Impala in half.

Julia and Peter’s six-year-old son was in the backseat. He was taken to Norton Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His father, along with others involved in the crash, were also taken to a hospital for their injuries, but none were considered life-threatening.

Police are still investigating what made Peter drive off the road that morning.

The mom told “Inside Edition” her boys loved being around each other:

“THEY LOVED EACH OTHER SO MUCH. THEY WERE BEST FRIENDS. THEY LOVED PLAYING TOGETHER. THEY LOVED SPORTS. THEY WERE ALL BOY.”

The passing of these two boys has understandably left Julia, Peter, as well as their community unimaginably heartbroken. Many of those close to the Roberts family have offered the parents their condolences with the hope Ayden is back to watching over William in Heaven.

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