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BEST OF 2021 | Free State mom who thought she had driven over her toddler is vindicated

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Bernadette Small holds a picture of her son, AJ who she thought she had run over. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)
Bernadette Small holds a picture of her son, AJ who she thought she had run over. (PHOTO: Onkgopotse Koloti)

It ate away at her. Day and night, the pain, guilt and self-loathing consumed her – her three-year-old son was dead and everyone believed it was all her fault. She was the one who’d driven over him.  

“It cut me to the bone when I picked up the newspaper and read that I was the one who’d killed my child,” Bernadette Small tells YOU.

Her son, AJ, was outside playing on the family farm near Koppies in the Free State on that fateful day in 2017. A short while later he was found lying unconscious and badly injured in the driveway. He died soon afterwards.

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