MMA fighter’s 15-month-old son brain-dead after being hit by suspected drunk driver

HAWTHORNE, Ca. -- The baby of an MMA fighter has been left brain-dead after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver over the weekend.

KTLA reports that Liam, the 15-month-old son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal, was being pushed in his stroller by a 15-year-old girl when they were both hit Saturday afternoon. The teen and toddler were found lying near a crosswalk.

Donna Marie Higgins, 72, was arrested after the crash. She is accused of fleeing the scene and faces hit and run and DUI charges.

The teen was last reportedly in stable condition.

In a Facebook post, Kowal said his son was declared brain-dead on Sept. 4.

"I want to thank everyone who has been there for us, in all forms and shapes. Thoughts, prayers, in person - whatever. We've received 100s and 100s of txt messages, emails, fb messages, etc - we are blown away. Your support means the world to us. About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain-dead. He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He's a little fighter. His heart is still beating but his brain is no longer working. Our hearts are broken and there's a void in my soul but we will get through this. Again, your support means the world and I wish we could respond to each and every one of you but right now, we are going work through this. Funeral arrangements will be posted here. Thank you. RIP Liam Mikael Kowal. 5/25/2015-9/4/2016"

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