A heartbroken mother sang happy birthday to her son in her son’s graveyard – just weeks after he was run over and killed by his father’s pickup truck on a farm.
Little Ianto Jenkins, three, was riding a bicycle playing with his sister and cousin at his father’s country house when disaster struck.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after Ianto was hit by the truck and trailer of father Guto Sior Jenkins, 31, but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Mother Chloe Picton, 27, said she fell to the ground when ex-partner Gutu called her with the devastating news.
Heartbroken mum Chloe Picton (pictured) says she sang Happy Birthday in her three-year-old son’s graveyard just weeks after he was run over and killed by his dad’s pickup truck on a farm
Ianto Jenkins (pictured, right, with father Guto) was playing on a bicycle with his sister and cousin staying at his father’s country house when disaster struck and he was hit by a pickup truck
Chloe told Wales Online: ‘He said, ‘It’s Ianto, Chloe, he was killed’ – I just fell to the floor.’
Chloe rushed to Guto’s farm at Efailwen near Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, but was kept away by officials.
She said, “I want to be with my son,” I told them. “He’s on his own.” But I wasn’t allowed to see him in the hospital until he was in a better environment.”
An inquest found the youngster suffered “significant injuries” and was pronounced dead at the farm, but aid worker Chloe didn’t see Ianto until after he was taken to hospital.
She said, “It was heartbreaking to see him lying there dead. It’s hard to see your child so cold and lifeless. I started tucking it in because I was afraid he was cold.’
Chloe said Ianto would have turned four on September 18 and she and two sisters – Seren, six and Daisy-Mae, 19 months – marked the occasion by singing Happy Birthday at his grave and sharing cake.
Pictured: Chloe Picton with family at her son Ianto’s grave on his birthday last month
Ianto would turn four on September 18 and go to school before he was murdered
Local farmers also performed a tractor run in memory of the tractor-mad Ianto.
She said, ‘They passed by his grave and honked their horns. He loved farming and would follow in his father’s footsteps. The pain I’m going through is just unbearable.
‘It never goes away. I close my eyes and all I see is Ianto. I see him everywhere, always smiling.
“I had asked my friends, ‘Why can’t I get another chance to see him and hug him?’
‘That night I dreamed I was with him and he wanted a hug with me – it was like I had my last chance to fulfill my wish. But then Seren woke me up and that opportunity just faded.
“He will always be in our hearts forever. We call him every day because he is part of the family.
“I will always be a mother of three. They will know who their brother was – he was a wonderful character.”
Mom Chloe (pictured) says the last time she spoke to Ianto was two days before his death
Chloe said her last words to Ianto were via FaceTime two days before his death, while he was staying at Father Guto’s farm for a week.
She said, ‘He cried because he wanted to talk to mama’
He said to me, ‘I miss you, I love you, I’ll be home soon’ and I said, ‘See you Friday’.
The coroner, Hayley Rogers, told the initiation of the inquest: “At 7pm on August 3, police received an emergency call reporting that a child had been involved in a collision with a farm equipment.
“Inquiries at the scene revealed that Ianto was playing with his sister and cousin when a pickup-type vehicle and trailer collided with him.”
The inquest in Llanelli, South Wales, learned that a police investigation is underway, along with investigations by the Health and Safety Executive.
Community has gathered around Ianto Jenkins’ family after he was killed by a vehicle
Acting senior coroner Paul Bennett adjourned the investigation to four months.
After his death, Guto’s mother Meinir, 61, said: ‘No one is to blame. Ianto was playing on his new bike in the backyard and my son just didn’t know he was there.
‘He hasn’t seen him. He heard the sound of his pickup hitting something and when he stopped and got out to look, Ianto lay motionless on the ground.
“It’s just heartbreaking. Poor Guto, I don’t know how to live with this. He’s absolutely devastated.’