A Pennsylvania mom is speaking out after her son was killed by a falling picture frame.
According to WPVI, the accident occurred while Amanda Velez was in the bathroom.
Velez’s two daughters and her 4-year-old son Adrian Ortega were reportedly playing in their home when the mom heard a crash.
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Following the loud bang of the large picture frame falling off the wall, Velez then heard her 2-year-old daughter begin “screaming” and her son call out for her.
As WPVI reports, when the picture frame fell off the wall, the glass protecting the photo that was inside shattered. A piece of that glass “impaled” Ortega’s stomach.
Velez told NBC 10:
“In a matter of seconds, I’m using the restroom, I hear a loud bang, and I heard glass shatter, and I heard my youngest daughter, who’s 2 years old she was screaming.
I heard my son say, ‘Mommy.'”
When the mom of three picked up her son, she watched a shared a glass fall to the floor and the saw blood.
She said to Fox News:
“I heard him screaming, ‘Mommy’ so when I go run in the room he’s, like, hunched over glass. When I lift him up I saw a little bit of blood so I put my hand over it to, like, keep the pressure. When I went to lay him down, his eyes started rolling behind his head.”
Velez rushed her son to a nearby hospital. She told NBC 10:
“They tried to do everything. They said they were trying to stabilize him, so he could go to the surgery room. But he wasn’t strong enough.”
After being questioned by the police, Velez called her son’s death a “freak accident.”
She told WPVI that she’s also having a difficult time explaining the concept of death to her daughters. Velez said that one of her girls keeps asking why she doesn’t have a brother anymore.
Neighbors who know the family are also struggling with the news. One neighbor, Edward Rodriguez, said:
“As soon as people heard, people were crying. It was just instant. […] It’s just a shame because they are so well loved, so well loved that it’s a complete shock. When it happened, it just went up and down the neighborhood like lightning.”
Velez remembered her son as a joyful little boy:
“My baby he was so full of joy. His sisters miss him. […] I carried my son. I birthed him. I was with him.”
And according to the GoFundMe set up by Velez’s friend, Ortega dreamed of becoming a firefighter one day:
His favorite color was green just like one of his super hero’s The Hulk. Second to that was Captain America. He also enjoyed watching PJ Mask at any given chance.
The 4-year-old’s official cause of death has yet to be determined.