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'There is no remorse or anger' - Dad of boy (9) accidentally killed by practice baseball swing absolves player of blame

Published 06/08/2015 | 08:44

Nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser is seen being hugged by Liberal Bee Jays outfielder Gavin Wehby in Kansas on Saturday - just seconds after he was struck. Credit; AP
Nine-year-old bat boy Kaiser is seen being hugged by Liberal Bee Jays outfielder Gavin Wehby in Kansas on Saturday - just seconds after he was struck. Credit; AP

The father of Kaiser Carlile, the young bat boy killed in a freak accident when he was hit by a baseball player's practice swing, says he does not blame the player or team for his son's death.

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The youngster tragically died after he was struck in the head as he walked past player Gavin Wehby, who warming for his turn on the plate for the Liberal Bee Jays team during a game in Wichita, Kansas, on Saturday.

The boy was taken to hospital in critical condition and died on Sunday evening.

Chad Carlile has said be bears no remorse to the player or the team.

"I just want everyone to know there is no kind of remorse or anger towards what happened," he told reporters.

"This is something that was a tragedy. I've got my loss with my son, but it's just as hard for them."

Read more: Heartbreaking moment a bat boy (9) was held by baseball player after being fatally hit by practice swing

The grieving family even attended a Bee Jays game Sunday night but chose not to tell the team that Kaiser had died until play had finished so as not to distract them.

"I was able to see their eyes and the love they had for my son, it was no different than a father's love," he added.

A devastated Wehby also addressed the news conference, and said the nine-year-old had become a "brother" to the players.

"I only knew the little guy for two months but he became a little brother to many of us in a short few weeks," he said.

"He always had a smile on his face and he was just a little ball of energy. He was the best bat boy in baseball, and he always will be."

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