Boy, three, died when father accidentally hit him with pick-up truck and trailer as he played on farm with his sister, inquest hears

  • Ianto Jenkins died on family farm in Pembrokeshire, Wales, in August this year
  • He was playing with his sister when father Guto Jenkins, 31, hit him with a truck 
  • Emergency services rushed to scene of accident in Efailwen but he died at farm

A three-year-old boy died when he was hit by his father’s pick-up truck while playing with his sister on their family farm in Wales, an inquest has heard. 

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Pembrokeshire in August after little Ianto Jenkins was hit by the truck and trailer belonging to his father Guto Sior Jenkins, 31.

An inquest heard the youngster – described by his mother as a ‘kind little boy who was always smiling and laughing’ – suffered ‘significant injuries’ and was pronounced dead at the farm, situated in Efailwen, near Clynderwen.

Coroner’s officer Hayley Rogers said: ‘At 7pm on August 3 police received an emergency call reporting that a child had been involved in a collision with a piece of farming machinery.

‘Inquiries at the scene established that Ianto was playing with his sister and cousin when a pick-up style vehicle and trailer collided with him.’

The heartbroken family were ‘devastated’ after three-year-old Ianto Jenkins was killed while riding his bike on the family farm. Pictured: Little Ianto Jenkins with his father Guto Sior Jenkins

The inquest in Llanelli, South Wales, heard a police investigation is ongoing along with inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive.

Acting senior coroner Paul Bennett adjourned the inquest until four months’ time.

Following his death, the boy’s grandmother Meinir, 61, said: ‘No one is to blame. Ianto was playing in his new bike in the back yard and my son just didn’t know he was there.

‘He didn’t see him. He heard the sound of his pick-up hitting something and when he stopped and got out to look, Ianto was lying on the ground motionless.

‘It is just heartbreaking. Poor Guto, I don’t know how he’s going to live with this. He is completely devastated.’

Ianto’s mother Chloe Picton paid tribute to her ‘smiling’ little boy.

The inquest in Llanelli, South Wales, heard a police investigation is ongoing along with inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive

She said: ‘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.’

Tribues poured in from friends and family online when the tragic news broke.  

Tributes poured in for three-year-old Ianto Jenkins after he died on the farm in August 

One friend said: ‘Deepest sympathy to you and the family. I can’t imagine such an nightmare, but I can ensure that all your family, your friends, the people of Efailwen and the whole of Wales are thinking about you and the family at this dark hour in your life.

‘Take comfort from the sweet memories you have and try to keep strong.’

Another wrote: ‘Thinking of you and your family. I can’t even imagine what your going through. Keep strong.’

While one said: ‘Absolutely heartbroken, taken way too soon. You will be missed Ianto, RIP’.

It comes after the grieving father was sent a cruel hate messages from an animal rights fanatic.  

The online troll wrote: ‘If you hadn’t had such an evil industry perhaps your son would still be here!

‘You run a dairy farm! One of the cruelest industries out there!

‘Millions of cows dying not just for their meat but for their milk too (which we don’t need).’

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