Morgan County toddler run over and raped in same week

Morgan County toddler run over and raped in same week

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By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

PETROS (WATE) - Investigators in Morgan County said a two-year-old boy was run over by a pickup truck and later raped in separate incidents last week.

We are not revealing the mother or the son's identity.

Troy Seiber, 49, was charged with driving on a suspended license and DUI for the Thursday car accident that involved the toddler in the parking lot of the Petros library.

"He ran out behind the truck as he was backing up and he backed over him," the boy's mother said. "He had tire marks going down his chest. He had tire marks on his legs and his abdomen, but by the end of that day he was already up and trying to walk and play and everything."

The two year old was airlifted to a hospital, but released a few hours later.

The child's mother says it was a miracle her son survived being run over. He was released from the hospital that same night.

Michael Bolden, 35, was charged with aggravated rape of a child for what happened Monday at the little boy's home.

It was under the guise of checking on her son after his accident that she says their family acquaintance, Bolden, came to their house. He came over to play with her two little boys in their room. 

"I kept getting up and going in there every few minutes," the mother said. "I just happened to notice it was quiet so I tiptoed around and looked into the room."

She said what she saw made her sick. "I'm losing my mind. I'm going crazy. I just can't imagine this would happen to my child," she said through tears.

Bolden was arrested and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services was called to help the family.

"The DCS worker says she's dealt with this plenty of times and as young as he is, he's not going to remember it in a few days. I'm going to start going through counseling and they're going to send someone here to help me work with him and teach him that that stuff's bad," the mother said.

It's a case that has affected even seasoned investigators. "He already had a bad time of it getting hit by the vehicle. It's been very traumatic for the family," said Morgan County Chief Deputy Steve Cochran.

He wants to know if there are other victims out there.

"In my experience, you have a 35-year-old male that allegedly does something like this, it doesn't just come out of the blue that Hey, I have a two-year-old that's in bed with just a diaper on and I think I'll try this. No," Cochran said.

If you have any information that will help investigators, call the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at 423-346-6262.

Bolden is being held in the Morgan County Jail on a $100,000 bond. His first hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning. Cochran said he has no prior record.

We reached out to Bolden's family. They had no comment at this time.

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