(KPRC) A Texas family is demanding answers after a young child died Tuesday when he was struck by an SUV outside a day care center in Harris County.
The 4-year-old has been identified by family members as Anthony Craft.
His family said the day care was supposed to take Anthony to his pre-kindergarten program at a nearby elementary school Tuesday afternoon. Instead, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said an 81-year-old woman came to pick up her grandchild and Anthony at the K.D. Learning Center.
Her grandchild was in her Lincoln Navigator and when she started to back up, Anthony was somehow caught between the wheel and another car. When the woman tried to catch him, she fell out of the SUV.
“The Navigator itself had no one driving it, made a full circle and came to a stop at the entrance to the K.D. Learning Center,” Thomas Gilliland of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.
Surveillance video shows the woman falling from the vehicle after Anthony was struck by her SUV that then crashed into the day care. The boy died from head trauma after he was flown to a local hospital.
The boy’s family say they have no idea who the woman is, or why she was allowed to sign their son out of daycare.
“We don’t know this lady, she has no authorization to pick up my child,” Charles Craft said. “I don’t know why he was outside the day care when this lady is not supposed to pick up my child.”
Craft said neither he nor Anthony’s mother have ever seen her before. “No one knows her. We just want answers, and we don’t have any.”
Galen Park Independent School District released a statement Wednesday regarding the child’s death that read:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic event which occurred yesterday at a local day care involving one of our pre-K students. At this time, we are offering support to students and staff at the campus as needed. Our goal is to respect the family during this time of loss and provide them with services the district offers as they cope with this tragedy.
Anthony would have been 5 years old next week. His family had been planning his birthday party, but now, they’re forced to plan a funeral.
His dad says the little boy was full of life, always smiling and always wanting to learn new things. He also loved sports.