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Family Speaks Out After Toddler's Death

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@wbbjtv.com

HUMBOLDT, Tenn -- For the first time, we hear from the family of 2-year-old Brayden Taylor, who died last Thursday, and his mother's boyfriend stands charged in his death.

On Wednesday, Brayden's great-grandmother said she is trying her best not to be bitter. In fact, she says she's praying for the man accused of killing the toddler.

"It was just like we were in another world," Myra McNeal, Brayden's great grandmother said.

McNeal says still can't believe her great-grandson, 2-year-old Brayden Taylor is gone. Brayden's mom's boyfriend, 21-year-old Quadarius Bufford is charged with first degree murder in the toddler's death.

"I didn't want to believe it," McNeal said. "I didn't know anything about him personally. He seemed normal, like any person trying to fit into a family."

Brayden's family is leaning on one another, remembering his bright smile and enthusiasm.

"We play, we go outside, have fun," Brayden's cousin Camaiya said.

His 8-year-old brother Cameron says he'll never forget how his little brother always looked up to him.

"He liked watching me play games. But I love him and I'm gonna miss him."

While in pain here at the holidays, McNeal says she is praying for Bufford's family too.

"I try not to hold bitterness. That's why I pray hard. 'Don't let me be bitter.' That's someone's child too. Somebody else is suffering."

She says through faith, she knows they'll be OK.

"It's like he was taking it away. He pulled it out...pulled a plug out our hearts. That's how it seems but I know we're gonna make it through. We're gonna be fine."

The funeral for Brayden will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Humboldt.
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