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Springfield Toddler Killed in Conn. to be Laid to Rest

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Drena Sanders describes her son, 2-year-old Kyaun Jackson as caring, smart, and well-mannered. However, she spent Tuesday preparing for his funeral.  

“Having to, you know, bury your son at such a young age, you do everything to protect your kids, and I prayed every night, every night since both of my kids were born that God protected them from everything. And as a mom, I did that,” Sanders said through tears.

Sanders dropped Kyaun off at his grandmother’s house in East Hartford, Conn. Friday night, so she could go to work.

On Saturday afternoon, she got calls that the grandmother’s boyfriend accidentally ran little Kyaun over with his truck while he was playing with a scooter in the driveway.

Sanders still doesn’t know how it happened.

“Honestly, I do not know. I heard multiple stories. My daughter was there, she’s 8-years-old, she witnessed the whole thing. She just told me, ‘Mommy, there was so much blood.’ They were yelling, they were telling him to stop. I guess he had the music too loud,”

Sanders says that the boyfriend was close to the family and to Kyaun, since the toddler often visited his father’s side of the family in East Hartford.

With the funeral scheduled for Monday, Sanders knows it will be difficult to try and get past this.  

“I don’t really think you can move on when you like, lose something that’s like, a part of you. I want my son here with me, but I know he’s in a better place. Everyday i wake up, I look for my son. I live, since that day like my son is here with me,” Sanders cried.

East Hartford police are still investigating.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Sanders family to help with funeral costs, you can mail a check to:

The Kyaun Jackson Memorial Fund
United Bank
1077 St. James Avenue
Springfield, MA 01104

You can also make a donation in person at any United Bank branch.

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