‘I held my son’s broken skull and brain’: IN mother sounds warning over boy’s fireworks-related death

Every Fourth of July, there’s another heartbreaking story about a horrible tragedy involving fireworks.

This time it’s an awful story from Indiana, where one mother describes the horror of holding her 11-year-old son’s “broken skull” in the aftermath of his grievous wounding in a fireworks accident.

The incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, when Camrynn Ray McMichael was playing with some fireworks outside of his home in Mt. Vernon. Police and paramedics were called to the scene after receiving a 911 call about a “seriously injured” child; it was too late to do anything for the boy, however, and McMichael died as he was being transported to the local hospital.

McMichael’s mother, Kyrra Lynn McMichael, poured out her grief in a Facebook post the following day.

“I held my son’s broken skull and brain in my hands last night,” she wrote. “That’s the reality. Don’t even f*****g buy those damn things! I’ll never see my son again over a f*****g firework. Don’t ever think it can’t happen to yours. Seriously.”

She also changed her Facebook profile picture to one of her son, and captioned it “My beautiful baby!” She noted that the community has been very supportive.

“You guys will never know how much you all mean to me. Even if I didn’t like you or you didn’t like me, you reached out & I appreciate that because no matter what I had going on with anyone Camrynn loved everyone & everything regardless of how I felt. He seen the best in things. No matter how big, how small. He was about living & loving life.”

“I want y’all to understand I don’t know what to say or what I need,” she continued. “Peace. Pray for peace for my family, yours & the world. We all loved cam. I also want y’all to understand I have to get up, I have to make my own dinner, I have to move, cam wouldn’t want & expect anything less & until the good lord above puts me down that’s what I am going to do.”

She also added: “I am up & down. Good & bad. At peace then screaming. Sometimes I want to be touched & other times I don’t. I want to sleep & eat & be happy but I cannot.

“I am not okay, but i will be, because I have to be.”

An investigation into the boy’s death is being undertaken by the Mt. Vernon Police Department, as well as the Indiana State Police and the Posey County Coroner. The coroner has ruled the death an accidental one, but the investigation is still ongoing.

The precise details of the boy’s death are unknown, but it seems he died of a head injury sustained in the accidental explosion of a “fireworks mortar.” He was also apparently among a group of adults when the accident occurred.


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