Toddlers Survive Alone for Days Without Food and Water After Mother Killed in Car Wreck


It must have been a terrifying ordeal for two toddlers from Arkansas when their vehicle plummeted over the side of a ravine, killing their mother.

After surviving alone for days without food or water, authorities are amazed that the boys are doing so well.

The first clue that something was awry came around 8 a.m. on Aug. 21, when authorities responded to a call that a 3-year-old boy was wandering on the highway alone.

The Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department picked the boy up and began to investigate why he was alone, and why he was covered in scratch marks.

Their investigation led them to the vehicle of Lisa Holliman, the 25-year-old mother of the boy. Her vehicle was hidden from the highway, authorities explained, in a crash that likely occurred sometime over the weekend.

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Kylen Holliman, 3, was able to climb out of the vehicle’s sunroof and out of the ravine onto the highway. His one-year-old brother remained strapped in his car seat, which had shifted him somewhat upside-down during the rollover crash.

Both boys were dehydrated, and the youngest was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Holliman was identified by family members after sheriff officials posted a photo of Kylen online, hoping someone would be able to identify him. Holliman’s family confirmed that Holliman and her kids hadn’t been seen in a couple of days.

According to FOX 16, the boys’ grandparents are in the process of obtaining custody of the boys.

“I’ll never get up and see her, I’ll never get to talk to her, laugh with her,” said Holliman’s grief-stricken father, James Holliman. “My baby’s gone.”

At the hospital, James had to bear more heartbreaking news: Holliman had been expecting a third child.

“We just found that out at the hospital that she was pregnant,” James Holliman said. “We didn’t know. We lost two.”

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Deputy Nathan Greeley said finding the two boys alive was a “miracle.” Surviving alone during the sweltering Arkansas heat was “nothing short of a miracle — God’s blessing,” Greeley said.

The Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department extended their deepest sympathies to the family, thanking God for protecting the two small children.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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