HOUSTON (AP/WFLA) – Officials say a 4-year-old boy has died after an 81-year-old woman picking him up from a Houston day care didn’t realize he wasn’t in her sport utility vehicle and he was struck.
The Harris County sheriff’s office said the boy, identified as Anthony Craft, was struck Tuesday outside KD Learning Center, located in a shopping center. When the driver got out of the moving vehicle to try to help the boy, the vehicle continued in reverse, slamming into the day care.
No one inside the day care was hurt.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland says the woman was picking up her grandchild and the 4-year-old, something she did regularly and had permission from his family to do.
The boy’s family said 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.
Anthony died from head trauma after he was flown to a local hospital.