BRISTOW, Va. (WUSA) -- The death of two-year-old Ryan Murphy is a painful tragedy for everyone on the Gentle Shade Drive, but for the Murphy family, is has transformed their lives, filling them with tremendous grief, sadness and guilt.
"It is a terrible accident. This whole neighborhood is in mourning," said neighbor Marian Lofton.
Neighbors say the father, Mark Murphy, was already at the golf course where he works Friday morning. The mother, Karen Murphy, who is a veterinarian, was apparently on her way to her animal hospital Friday morning. Neighbors believe it was either a miscommunication or that she forgot to drop off her youngest child, two year old Ryan at his daycare.
At 4:15 pm, when Karen Murphy realized little Ryan was still in his carseat in the backseat, seven hours later, it was too late. She screamed, a neighbor performed CPR, but the child could not be saved.