Mother forgives teen who ran over toddler

Larissa Lytch says the past two days have been an emotional roller coaster for her.

Her 18-month-old son, D'Shaun "Dee" Lytch, was accidentally run over by a 17-year-old girl at a Mother's Day celebration in Dillon.

Police say the teenager didn't see the boy when he ran up to the car as she was backing out.

"And it hurts, it hurts so bad. I just thank God that I was able to spend the 18 months that I had with him," said Lytch.

She says they were all having a good time at Mother's Day cookout with relatives at a home on 18th Avenue when the accident happened.

Lytch never imagined her Mother's Day would end so tragically.

"It hurt me so much to know that I would never be able to hold him again. I could never be able to lay down at night with him again."

She says her strong faith in God allows her to forgive her 17-year-old cousin.

Lytch has a seven-year-old son and is expecting another child. She says she realizes accidents can happen.

"We all make mistakes. We all have accidents. You can be sitting there watching a child, and right then and there something happens and you were looking at them."

Lytch leans on her parents and family for support.

She says they find it comforting to share stories about Dee.

"Even though we're sad, but we know we're going to miss him, but we know that God knows best. I tell you we'll never forget his happy smile, his laughter," said Angela Lytch the child's grandmother.

"He loved to get in my lap every time I eat and want to feed himself," said Lawrence Lytch the child's grandfather.

Larissa Lytch is taking it day by day. She isn't sure how she'll be from moment to moment and doesn't know what next Mother's Day will hold for her.

"I can't look for as the next Mother's Day, 'cause I don't even know how I'm going to do tomorrow. I don't even know how I'm going to do tonight."

Lytch believes her son is in a better place and watching over her and his older brother and new sibling who is due in a few months.

Lytch said, "I thank God for sending me an angel. For sending me an angel that I will always have the memory of. That I will always have the love to remember, to see his laugh, to just see his smile, and to hear him say 'Mommy.'"

The accident remains under investigation by the Dillon Police Department.

At this point, they don't anticipate charging the 17-year-old driver.