The mother of a 19-month-old girl hit and killed by a CTA bus on Memorial Day is wants the public to know that she's not a bad mom.
Cherish Meyers died after she ran into traffic Monday afternoon in the 7700 block of South South Shore Drive and was hit by the No. 6 Jackson Park Express bus.
The girl's mother, Latasha Upshaw, spoke with NBC 5 at a vigil held for the child Tuesday evening. She says she left Cherish with a neighbor for a moment when the accident occurred.
"I left for a second just to retrieve her bike. I thought she was with people who were keeping an eye on her," Upshaw said. "This neighbor, I don't want to bash her either because she was a friend of me, I'm not going to say she's not a friend. This is killing her now and I don't even know how to talk to her, I just want her to know, Samantha, I don't blame you, I just can't ... I just can't."
"This was never supposed to have happened. I love my kids, I would give my soul if I could just see that little baby again right now. I'ts heartbreaking to watch the news and I'm pegged to be a bad mom. I'm not her. I'm not that lady," Upshaw said.
According to a witness at the scene, the girl had run out on to the street earlier, but a woman grabbed her, and the accident occured the second time it happened.