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Family still grappling with loss of child killed in school parking lot

(WMC-TV) - Bus service has been suspended at the Memphis day care center responsible for hitting and killing a Memphis child.

Anthony Scott, Jr., 6, died Monday afternoon when a bus operated by Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center ran over him in the parking lot of Oakshire Elementary School.

Wednesday, family member's were still struggling with the loss.

"I can't sleep good at night, and it's like when I lie down I see his little smiling face," said Scott's aunt, Sally Middlebrook. "He was such a sweet child."

Middlebrook said two of the young boy's siblings saw the van hit him as he turned around to pick up a book he had dropped.

"They are really hurt," she said. "Just thinking they're getting up and not going to see their little brother anymore. Do you know what this is really going to do to them?"

Despite all the pain and grief Gladys Washington has been dealing with, she says she will always remember her grandson's smile.

"A.J. Is a loving little boy," she said. "He loves his mother and father, and loved to go with his father in the truck and loved going to school."

The crash report shows the van was on the north side of the school, going around a curve toward a Holmes Road exit when it hit Anthony. It also shows the little boy was underneath the vehicle.

"I'm hurt and very disappointed because I don't know why that bus didn't look both ways before it hit him," Washington said.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services has placed Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center under a safety plan.

"Pursuant to our statutory authority, the agency's transportation services have been suspended until the investigation is complete," a DHS spokesperson said in a statement. "Again our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and the bus driver in this horrific tragedy."

Police have not filed any charges against the 67-year-old driver, Victor Hardy.

Meanwhile, Middlebrook says Anthony's mother is still in shock over a tragedy that's devastated the entire family.

"She said, 'Aunt Sally what did I do? What did I do wrong? Why did this happen to my child?' I said you didn't do anything wrong," she said.

Wednesday night, friends, family and strangers gathered at a vigil to show Scott's mother that the community would be there for her.

"She is going to need us not just here, not today, not just after the funeral, but she's going to need everybody's support," said Pam Gilliam, who attended the vigil.

Washington said she was touched by the support of strangers.

"It makes me feel warm and loved and it shows how much they love my son A.J.," she said.

The Memphis City Schools Foundation has set up a memorial fund in Anthony Scott's name to assist the family with arrangements. Donations to the Anthony Scott, Jr. Memorial Fund can be made at any First Tennessee Bank location.

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