Police in Aransas Pass continue to investigate the death of a three-year old child who was hit by a truck Sunday night, after he reportedly broke free from his mother and ran into traffic.
Police are calling it an accident, but because there is a death involved, they are treating it like a criminal case and are looking at all of the evidence.
"We've talked to the landlord. We've talked to neighbors," Aransas Pass Police Chief Eric Blanchard said. "You know, we've talked to a lot of people, trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together to determine if there is any wrongdoing or if it merely is just a freak accident and should be looked at as such."
Officers were at the scene of the accident Monday, on the corner of Gillespie and Wheeler, still trying to piece together what happened. A cross and a wreath now stand as a memorial where the young child lay Sunday night after being struck by a truck.
The orange markings on the street show how the crash unfolded. The tragedy happened around 8:30 p.m. in front of the Palm Center Apartments.
On Monday, the landlord told 3News how she remembers Jaysean Lamont, the young boy that died.
"Such a terrible thing. Such a beautiful little boy," said Barbara Skinner, landlord at the Palm Center Apartments. "I knew him. He always greeted me with a cape, and he was Batman."
Court records show that the child's mother, 24-year old Kathryn Gaynor, has in the past been charged with child abandonment and criminal negligence. Gaynor only had one child. Police said that, right now, they don't have any indication of criminal wrongdoing, but that could change.
Police said there are further details that they are looking into, but cannot discuss at this point without affecting their investigation.
As you might imagine, the young boy's relatives are beside themselves with grief, trying to figure out how something like this could have happened.
The mother and grandmother of the child spoke exclusively to Kiii News Anchor Rudy Trevino on Monday.
"He was a very special child. He was smart. Full of life. Very loving," grandmother Penni Boring said. "Loved hugs and kisses."
"He liked to watch movies, listen to music," mother Katie Gaynor said. "He was very outgoing."
"It just happened so fast," Boring said.
Gaynor said she was outside with her son when the accident happened right in front of her eyes. She was too broken up to explain how it happened, but Boring said it was nothing short of a nightmare.
"He was out front, in front, and a busy street there, and he ran out to the street and he was fast," Boring said. "He's three years old, and we were calling him and he stopped, and he turned around and looked and smiled. He stopped right before he hit the street and then turned around and ran into the street like it was a game."
Javier Arroyo owns All Needs Health Care Services, where Jaysean's grandmother works. He said for that reason, his company is starting up a special account in hopes of helping the family pay for funeral expenses.
"We are trying to have our employees and the general public to donate some funds to help with their time of need, and we did set up an account with the Kleberg Bank," Arroyo said.
For now, funeral arrangements for the three-year old boy are pending.
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