Police: Woman purposely struck by car while seeking help for dying baby

Las Vegas police believe a woman was intentionally struck by a driver in the southeast valley on Friday night as she was calling for help for her dying baby.

Metro patrol officers were sent to the 3300 block of East University Avenue, near Harmon Avenue and South Pecos Road, to look into reports of a woman who had been struck by a vehicle. The woman told first responders that her baby, 3-month-old Rhylee Brown, had died.

Both Rhylee and her mother were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Rhylee died at Sunrise Hospital and her mother was treated for injuries that were not life threatening.

The official cause and manner of death for Rhylee had not been determined by the Clark County coroner’s office as of Monday morning, but Las Vegas police believe Rhylee died in her sleep.

Detectives from the homicide unit and the abuse and neglect unit responded to the scene and determined that the woman got home to find her baby was not breathing. She went outside for better cellphone reception to call for medical assistance when she was hit by a car.

Police believe the driver of a dark-colored sedan intentionally struck the mother. The car drove away, and police have not found the vehicle or driver.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Metro at 702-828-3521. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Contact Wesley Juhl at wjuhl@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.