Nashville child injured after being hit by truck; woman charged in connection to crash

Before and after shots of Ja'Miyah Hailey.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Nashville mother is full of gratitude this Mother's Day to have her daughter alive.

Lakeesha Readus said a vehicle ran over her 8-year-old daughter on Saturday in the Napier Area. The mother of two said her daughter is now left with serious injuries, including multiple face fractures.

FOX 17 News spoke with the family just minutes after they left the hospital on Mother's Day.

When the incident happened over the weekend, the family just gotten home from a fun day at the skating rink when it all came to a halt. Ja'Miyah Hailey was run over on Carroll Street in Sudekum Housing, according to her mother and a Metro Police accident report.

"She shouldn't have been going so fast on this street, and I just want justice for my baby because she messed up her face. She's a child," Readus said.

Ja'Miyah, who loves to dance, said she was playing outside with her ball, when it rolled away.

"That's when I ran across the street and she hit me," the young girl said.

"I heard a loud bang and me and my boyfriend, we looked at each other and ran out the door, and my baby was screaming, bloody. She was under their truck. She has scars everywhere, burns from the engine. She was trying to get to her mama the best way that she could...with one eye," Readus said.

The 8-year-old went to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital after the crash and was released late Sunday afternoon. While the driver, identified as Ladevia Hartsfield, 40, has been charged by Metro Police with driving on a suspended license.

"She was just driving by...she was going so fast," Readus said. "She's in jail right now, she didn't have any license, no insurance. She didn't have the proper things to be driving. This is how it's going to look."

Hartsfield's arrest affidavit states she also did not have proof of insurance.

The beautiful and vibrant little girl suffered severe pain to her right side of her face and throughout her body, her mother tells FOX 17 News. Overnight in the hospital, Ja'Miyah received a journal and her mom was given Mother's Day gifts from staff members.

"Vanderbilt gave her a couple toys to make her smile and the first thing she wrote was: 'I wish this car didn't hit me.' I just wish all her pain would come to me. I just want justice that's it...and to put some speed bumps down for these people," Readus said.

On this road, Readus says all her siblings are making sure she and her girls are not alone.

"I love them and I just want to thank them for being here," the young mother said with tears in her eyes, "I am trying to be as strong as I can, but this is the worst feeling ever...It just makes you want to hold your kids and not let them go on Mother's Day. So every mother out there grab your babies and tell them you love them and don't let them go."

Ja'Miyah's road to recovery is far from over. Her family says, her face, teeth and the rest of her body will have to undergo several surgeries, procedures and long-term treatment. A GoFundMe is set up to aid in the process.

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