Sikeston toddler recovers after hit-and-run

ST. LOUIS (KFVS) - From her daughter's bedside, the mother of a two year old hit by a truck at a Sikeston gas station talks about her little girl's recovery.

"It's been really hard," said Crystal Marcum.

This as the woman accused of hitting two year old Makayla Brown, and leaving the scene remains in the Scott County Jail.

Police say 49-year-old Althea Sutton hit Makayla Brown as the little girl was walking out of Fas Gas in Sikeston with a babysitter.

Police say Sutton left the scene before they arrived.

It happened in Sikeston last Sunday afternoon.  Sutton was later found at her home in Sikeston, arrested, and charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Now, Makayla remains in St. Louis Children's Hospital where she's been for a week now.

"I got the call and I don't even remember getting to the gas station," said Marcum.

Marcum says her daughter remember the incident well.

"She keeps saying 'The truck hit me. I have a boo boo,'" she said.

Makayla's legs were left scarred and her muscles torn.

"They put a layer of skin on the top of her foot," said Marcum. "We should know Monday if those procedures took."

Makayla has to wear a boot and bandages all the way up her leg to keep the wound clean and her leg still.

"She should be able to keep her leg, but she's going to have to have therapy and they don't know how much she'll be able to walk on it," said Marcum.

Right now, Marcum says they are thankful Makayla will keep her leg. They take comfort in visits from family and also from Berry Knupp, one of the men who came to Makayla's rescue last week and held her until help arrived.

"He's really a hero to all of us," said Marcum.

Althea Sutton remains in the Scott County Jail on $10,000 cash only bond.

If you'd like to help the family a fund has been set up at Focus Banks in the area. Proceeds go to the Makayla Brown fund. All donations will go towards medical care and recovery cost for Makayla.

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