Baby delivered by emergency surgery dies days after pregnant mother run over by minivan

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Pregnant Woman Dies After 6-Year-Old Son Shifts Car Gear

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The baby delivered by emergency surgery after his mom was killed in an accident at a Steilacoom park has died, the family confirms.

The baby's 35-year-old mom, identified as Shannon MacLeod of Tacoma, Washington, died Monday after her 6-year-old son accidentally put the minivan in gear and ran her over in the parking lot of Sunnyside Beach Park in Steilacoom, Washington.

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“One of the kids was in the car or something like that, and the kids were playing around, and one of the kids knocked the car into neutral,” Nathan Macleod, Shannon MacLeod’s 20-year-old son, said Tuesday. “Mom was trying to stop the car.”

"I mean it's bad enough I lost my significant other," Joseph Verplank, MacLeod's fiance, said Tuesday. "But then to lose a child ... ."

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“I just lost my mom,” MacLeod said. “I can’t lose my brother too.”

Doctors were able to perform an emergency cesarean section and save the baby for a few days, but the family announced Joseph died Friday.

"It's sad to inform everyone that our son, grandson, and baby brother is now flying high in the sky," a post on the family's GoFundMe page reads. "He is now with his Mom in which he was and is greatly loved. I love you baby brother more than anything. You are an blessing to not only us but to the whole world. God bless everyone and thank you to everyone who has helped. From my family to yours love all and god bless."

The family is still trying to get back on its feet following a fire that gutted its home in December. Most are currently staying at a motel in the Tacoma, Washington, area.

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