Family Talks About Loss of 2-Year-Old Son - - ABC13

Family Talks About Loss of 2-Year-Old Son


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Pittsylvania Co., VA - Family members are grieving Monday after their toddler was run over by a 2005 Dodge Caravan late Sunday night and died. It all happened on Ringgold Depot Road in Pittsylvania County. 

The family says a friend was driving them home from a cookout with the whole family, and when they got the kids out of the car to go in the house, no one realized their baby was left behind. 

"We got out the van and I just knew all of them was with us. We've got seven kids and I just knew all of them was with us. And when the van went back I heard a boom and I looked and he was there lying on the ground," said Larry Darnell Brooks Jr., the father.

A parent's worst nightmare came true as Larry Darnell Brooks Jr. and Teresa Layne watched their 23-month-old baby, Xavier Brooks, lying lifeless in their own driveway.

"I just held him and he never hollered. I was telling him how much I love him and we loved him and please I was praying, 'Please God don't take my baby,'" said Layne.

Emergency crews brought the toddler to the hospital, but it was too late.

"They came and there won't nothing we could do. They tried their best," said Brooks Jr.

Family members say 36-year-old Clifton Lamont Wade didn't see Xavier when he put the car in reverse, and now, he too suffers over the loss.

"He's at home now just looking at the shirt...He ain't taking it good at all," said Brooks, Jr.

Throughout the day, loved ones gathered to grieve and provide support for the family.

"I'm just so empty. I don't know what to do. I don't know how to feel," said Layne.

Brooks Jr. and Layne now have a warning for all parents:

"Make sure you always know where they are at all times. If you have to do a head count make sure all of them is there. That will be the best thing to do. I wish that's what we would have did," said Brooks Jr.

They say Xavier along with his twin sister were the youngest in the family. They just can't believe he is gone. Meanwhile, state police say no charges have been filed.

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