‘Angered beyond belief’: MS slams online abuse received by family who lost child in tragic accident
A Senedd Member has said that he has been “angered beyond belief” after learning of online abuse received by a family who lost a three-year-old child in a tragic accident.
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MS Samuel Kurtz said that the death of Ianto Siôr Jenkins in the rural village of Efailwen near Clynderwen had “hurt this close knit community deeply”.
The farming family had received a message saying that their son may not have died if they were not part of an “evil industry”.
They were left devastated when the three-year-old died after a collision involving a vehicle. They later received the abusive message over Facebook.
“A tragic event in West Wales, which has hurt this close knit community deeply,” Samuel Kurtz said. “Yet some find sending the following message acceptable? This has angered me beyond belief.”
South Wales Central MS Rhys ab Owen said the abuse was “despicable” and it was “difficult to understand” what would motivate it.
A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed that they were called to a collision involving a vehicle and a child at a private property in the Clynderwen area around 7pm on Tuesday, August 3.
Mother Chloe Picton later paid tribute to her child, saying: “Ianto was my blue-eyed boy, he was inspiration to life, he was a kind little boy who was always smiling and laughing. His best friend was his older sister Seren, who were always joined at the hip. Ianto loved going to nursery and was excited to start his first day at school in Ysgol Beca in Efailwen in September.
“He loved being out on the farm and going on the tractor with his daddy. Ianto and I had a very strong bond. He was ‘Mummy’s little boy’ and was always by my side everywhere we went – now that’s been taken from me.
“No parent should lose a child and I would like people to respect our wishes, giving us space at this very difficult, heartbreaking time.”