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Mt. Pleasant child killed by car

Released by The Mount Pleasant Police Department:

MT. PLEASANT, TX (KLTV) - On Friday, April 01, 2011, at 1:12 pm, the Mount Pleasant Police Department received a 9-1-1 phone call stating a child had just been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Express Clean Laundromat located at 403 W. Ferguson in Mount Pleasant.  MPPD Officers, EMS, Department of Public Safety and the Mount Pleasant Fire Department responded to this scene where they observed a two year old Hispanic female of Mount Pleasant, with what appeared to be severe head trauma.  The toddler was immediately transported to Titus Regional Medical Center via ambulance with her mother who was also at the scene. 

Upon arrival at the TRMC emergency room, the two year old was pronounced deceased by Dr. Hollingsworth.  Justice of the Peace, Kay McNutt, ordered an autopsy be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office of the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.

The Department of Public Safety was called for assistance and members of a regional accident reconstruction team arrived to assist with the geographical documentation and mapping of the scene.

From the information gathered at the scene, MPPD Investigators believe the two year old had exited the front door alone before wandering out into the parking lot where she was later struck by a pickup truck which was in the process of backing. 

The driver of the vehicle that struck the two year old is a 25 year old Hispanic female from Mount Pleasant and was located by MPPD Officers at the scene upon arrival.  The driver was transported to TRMC for a mandatory blood draw in accordance with Texas State Law.  MPPD Investigators then interviewed the driver, and obtained pertinent information before releasing her.

MPPD Investigators will now compile the information and present the report to Titus County District Attorney, Charles Bailey, for his review to determine whether criminal charges will be pursued in this case.  MPPD also had contact with Child Protective Services during this investigation.

Any call that involves a child, especially one that is as tragic as this one was, is extremely difficult on those emergency services personnel who respond to do their job.  Our hearts and our prayers go out to the family of both individuals involved in this awful tragedy.

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