REPUBLIC, Mo. -

A 2-year-old boy died early Friday after being hit by a backing car at a home on Thursday evening.

Police say a family friend was at a home near Highway MM at Farm Road 148.  As he left, he ran over what he thought was a rock, but it was the young boy who was behind the car.

The boy died at a hospital in Springfield.  Republic Police had not released his name by Friday mid-morning.