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Heartbroken mother tells of her ‘unbearable pain’ after son, three, was run over and killed by his father’s pick-up truck as she reveals she sang to him at his grave on his fourth birthday
- Ianto Jenkins, 3, was playing with his sister and cousin when he was hit by truck
- Despite the efforts of emergency services, the youngster was pronounced dead
- Mother Chloe Picton says family marked his fourth birthday with cake at grave
A heartbroken mother sang happy birthday at her son’s graveyard – just weeks after he was run over and killed by his father’s pick-up at a farm.
Little Ianto Jenkins, three, was playing on a bike with his sister and cousin staying at his father’s countryside home when tragedy struck.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after Ianto was hit by the truck and trailer belonging to father Guto Sior Jenkins, 31, but sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mother Chloe Picton, 27, said she collapsed to the floor when former partner Gutu phoned her with the devastating news.
Heartbroken mother Chloe Picton (pictured) says she sang happy birthday at her three-year-old son’s graveyard just weeks after he was run over and killed by his father’s pick-up at a farm
Ianto Jenkins (pictured, right, with father Guto) was playing on a bike with his sister and cousin staying at his father’s countryside home when tragedy struck and he was hit by a pick-up truck
Chloe told Wales Online: ‘He said: “It’s Ianto, Chloe, he’s been killed” – I just fell to the floor.’
Chloe rushed to Guto’s farm in Efailwen near Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire but was kept away by officials.
She said: ”I want to be with my son”, I told them. ”He’s on his own.” But they only let me see him in the hospital when he was in a better environment.’
An inquest heard the youngster suffered ‘significant injuries’ and was pronounced dead at the farm but care worker Chloe only saw Ianto after he was taken to hospital.
She said: ‘Seeing him lying there, dead, was heartbreaking. Seeing your child so cold and lifeless is hard. I started tucking him in because I was concerned he was cold.’
Chloe said Ianto would have turned four on September 18 and she and two sisters – Seren six and Daisy-Mae, 19 months – marked the occasion by singing Happy Birthday at his graveside and sharing cake.
Pictured: Chloe Picton with family at her son Ianto’s graveside on his birthday last month
Ianto was due to turn four on September 18 and was due to start school before he was killed
Local farmers also carried out a tractor run in memory of tractor-mad Ianto.
She said: ‘They went past his grave and tooted their horns. He loved farming and he was going to follow his dad’s footsteps. The pain I’m going through is just unbearable.
‘It will never go away. I close my eyes and all I see is Ianto. I see him everywhere, always smiling.
‘I’d asked my friends: “Why can’t I just have one more chance to see him and hug him?”.
‘That night I dreamt that I was with him and he wanted a cuddle with me – it was like my one last chance to have my wish. But then Seren woke me up and that chance just faded away.
‘He will always be in our hearts forever. We mention him every day because he’s part of the family.
‘I will always be a mother of three. They will know who their brother was – he was a beautiful character.’
Mother Chloe (pictured) says the last time she spoke to Ianto was two days before his death
Chloe said her last words to Ianto were over FaceTime two days before his death as he stayed on father Guto’s farm for a week.
She said: ‘He was crying because he wanted to speak to Mummy,’
‘He said to me: “I miss you, I love you, I’ll be home soon” and I said: “I’ll see you on Friday”.
Coroner’s officer Hayley Rogers told the inquest opening: ‘At 7pm on August 3 police received an emergency call reporting that a child had been involved in a collision with a piece of farming machinery.
‘Inquiries at the scene established that Ianto was playing with his sister and cousin when a pick-up style vehicle and trailer collided with him.’
The inquest in Llanelli, South Wales, heard a police investigation is ongoing along with inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive.
The community has rallied around the family of Ianto Jenkins after he was killed by a vehicle
Acting senior coroner Paul Bennett adjourned the inquest until four months time.
After his death, Guto’s mother Meinir, 61, said: ‘No one is to blame. Ianto was playing in his new bike in the back yard and my son just didn’t know he was there.
‘He didn’t see him. He heard the sound of his pick-up hitting something and when he stopped and got out to look, Ianto was lying on the ground motionless.
‘It is just heartbreaking. Poor Guto, I don’t know how he’s going to live with this. He is completely devastated.’
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