Boy clings to life as Milwaukee police look for hit-and-run driver

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Boy clings to life as Milwaukee police look for hit-and-run driver

By Todd Hicks and the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jun 10, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun 11, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee police are looking Monday for a hit-and-run driver who sent a young boy to the hospital with critical injuries.

The family of a five-year-old boy told TODAY'S TMJ4 there are signs of hope the boy is starting to recover after the hit-and-run crash.

The accident happened on Milwaukee's north side Saturday night.

Robert Torres, 5, was with his uncle and sister when was run down at the intersection of north Teutonia and Ruby. 

The family is breaking down and becoming emotional, begging for the driver who hit Robert Torres Junior to come forward.

"What kind of person could run over a child and keep going?"  That's the question Robert's aunt, Vera Battle, is asking.

Police say the car that hit the boy had just run a red light.  Police believe the vehicle was traveling so fast, the boy was ripped out of his uncles' hands. 

"To hit a kid and keep going and not to even see if he's OK," Battle said in disgust.

The boy's mother told TODAY'S TMJ4 she has a message for the person who would do such a terrible thing.  "You hit my baby and left him laying out in the streets laying like an animal!"

A son whose mother looked right into the lens to share the unbearable pain her little baby is going through right now.

"My son's on a ventilator, my sons face is unrecognizable, my son is having seizures, my sons has swelling on his brain."

"They might have taken an angel from us," Battle said.

The family and Milwaukee police are asking for anybody who has information on this crime to call police.

Police say that the car is a tan, foor-door Sedan.

The family was planning a prayer vigil for 6:00 p.m. Monday night at the crash scene.