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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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  • tiredofthemedia

    That sucks. She not only lost a son but also a paycheck!

  • shan1978

    How dare you say that. That was her baby.he wasn’t a paycheck. Do u have kids? Do u know what its like to loose a kid I don’t think so..dont u dare say it sux she lost a paycheck. What she lost was a piece of hersel

  • deb9955

    tiredofthemedia, sad to see such an ignorant person in this world. You aren’t missing a beautiful child everyday are you? Hope you learn some compassion.

  • Nyrebel9

    So sad. What a handsome little guy. The mom went to work to earn a paycheck to feed her kids and provide for them besides being a role model and instill values for her family. It was a tragic accident that the poor mom already feels guilty for along with the grandmother, her companion and the sister who witness the accident. Tiredofthedia is such a cold evil person. If the tragedy happened to someone in your family would you be that heartless? I hope you learn the meaning of compassion.

    • deb9955

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. How someone could be so cruel is beyond me

  • shan1978

    Amen for your kind words. .he was a smart loving wonderful little boy who was like a nephew to me so for someone to say such evil things

  • my3boys

    thats cruel to day you dirtbag and you apparently are a big dirtbag tiredofthemedia. may life throw at u wat u deserve !!! and may god help the family of that little biy get through this horrific ordeal rip lil one

  • destiny30

    That man deserves life in jail he was drinking. He deserves. Every inch of pain hes feeling. No poor man nothing. My nephew will never kiss or hug me again because of this mans stupidity.

  • theonemalice

    First off the 8 yr old daughter that witnessed the whole thing was my daughter jaylanae she had two kids her son and my daughter and i dont know why the fuck she even brought the kids out there when she has me and a sister in springfield that would off watched them im just glad my daughter wasnt in the way of that stupid fool my condolences go out to her

  • Nyrebel9

    Deb- you are a kind and compassionate person. The one malice-i am so sorry that your daughter, jaylanae witness such a horrific tragedy, my heart breaks for her. Give her a hug from me and tell her it wasn’t her fault. Shan- i am glad that he was loved by you and you showed that love to him. Destiny- i am so sorry for the loss of your beloved nephew. He will always be in your hearts and that can’t be taken away. My condolences to all of you for the loss of that precious little boy. <3