SINGAPORE - The mother of the three-year-old boy who died at their relative's funeral on Sunday has insisted that she was still holding on to her son when he was run over by a bus.
In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times, Ms Jaiyesthri Ramasamy said: "I'm a very careful person. I'm always very cautious on roads. My two sons have always been safe crossing bigger roads with me. I would not have let go of my sons' hands."
Recounting the accident, the 30-year-old pre-school teacher said she was at the Choa Chu Kang Christian cemetery on Sunday afternoon for her younger sister's ex-father-in-law's funeral.
Together with her sons Arshavin Nirmal Kumar, five, and Kryshan Nirmal Kumar, 3 1/2, she had just alighted from the private bus which had ferried them there.
She was holding on to both of their hands and crossing the path in front of the bus when Arshavin's shoelaces became undone.
"It was muddy by the side of the road, and people were still alighting from the bus behind us," said the single mother.
"So I took some steps away from the bus to do his laces. My little one was right beside me. It took me less than five seconds and I grabbed both of my kids again."