(WMC-TV) - The mother of a boy struck and killed last week by a day care bus spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday, even as her family continued to raise money to pay for his funeral.
The pain and hardship Tavetta Washington has had to deal with since her son's death has been unbearable.
"The most difficult for me right now is going to my son's room, and he's not in there," she said.
Last week, Anthony Scott, Jr., 6, was bending over to pick something up when the driver of a Pee Wee Wisdom Child Care Center day care bus struck and killed him in the parking lot of Oakshire Elementary School.
"I just feel like he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but the man shouldn't been watching him," she said. "If he was watching, my son wouldn't never been taken away from me."
The Memphis City Schools Foundation has set up a memorial fund in Anthony Scott's name to assist the family with expenses.
"It's been real hard, because I've been trying to pay the funeral home off and I know they have a fundraiser at Tennessee Bank," she said. "I know I'm just trying to get it paid off, and whatever I do I'll go from there."
Washington misses her son's cheerful spirit.
"He was a sweet child - didn't do anything to anybody," she said. "He loved Sponge Bob. He came home from school everyday and played his Wii game."
While Memphis police say no charges have been filed against the driver of the day care bus, Washington says she and her family will continue to demand answers.
"I want some justice, because he took away my son from me, and something needs to be done about it so it won't happen to anybody else's kids," she said.
Donations to the Anthony Scott, Jr. Memorial Fund can be made at any First Tennessee location.