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Mother struggles to cope with murder of 1-year-old

Zaniyah Calloway died on Monday from stab wounds. (Family photo) Zaniyah Calloway died on Monday from stab wounds. (Family photo)
Shakyia Clay said she struggling to cope with the loss of her 1-year-old daughter. (WFSB photo) Shakyia Clay said she struggling to cope with the loss of her 1-year-old daughter. (WFSB photo)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A mother is trying to make sense of a tragic crime as she continues to mourn the death of her 1-year-old daughter.

This as her family said they were coming together for a vigil Friday night.

Shakyia Clay said her life was flipped upside down and her family was torn apart in a matter of minutes Monday night when 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood allegedly stabbed Zaniyah Calloway in Bristol.

"How do I sit here and tell my 3-year-old son that he isn't going to see his sister again?" Clay asked.

It's just one of the questions with which she said she's been struggling.

Clay said she was at a group meeting Monday and had dropped Zaniyah and her son off at their grandmother's home on Park Street.

When police came to the meeting and told her she had to come with them, she knew something wasn't right. However, she never imagined this.

"I thought everything would be fine because everything is always fine, nothing ever happens," Clay said. "It's just so hard. Just love your kids and just be careful who you leave them around."

Zaniyah was stabbed in the stomach and police said Hapgood, who's considered an uncle by the family, told police he was high when he did it.

Clay said she's still trying to find out more about what happened. She wants answers from police, the hospital and the medical examiner.

She said she's still waiting for her daughter's body to be released so she can bury her.

Even in these tough times, she said the support from her family and the community has helped her find strength and get through these dark days.

"I'm still going to continue to do better for both of my kids," Clay said. "She's still here with me in my heart. I'm never going to forget about her."

Hapgood remains in jail on a $2.5 million bond. Court officials said he's scheduled to make his second court appearance next month.

A candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. Friday on Park Street in Bristol.

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