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Tot Killed as mom backs vehicle

Dawn Jones, godmother of 13-month-old Anthony King, holds her head Wednesday after hearing of
Anthony's death. He ran out of the house and was hit as his mother pulled out of the driveway.

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Children priority for woman who works hard, friends say

May 1, 1998
By Niraj Warikoo

It was Loletha Jones' day off work. On such days, friends said, she would take her older son to school and have the rest of the day to spend with her toddler, 13-month-old Anthony.

Maybe take him to McDonald's for breakfast and maybe to the mall.

But as Jones, 31, backed her Lincoln Navigator out of her garage on Detroit's west side Wednesday morning, a mother's worst nightmare materialized in a horrific blur.

Young Anthony King had scampered out a side door into the path of Jones' sport-utility vehicle. He died an hour later at Grace-Sinai Hospital from massive head injuries.

"I just killed my baby!" Jones wailed after the incident, neighbors said. "The baby is dead. He's dead!"
Sgt. Akio Miyamoto of Detroit Police said "from all indications it appears to be a tragic, very tragic accident." Police are investigating.

Detroit police officers examine the Lincoln Navigator involved in the fatal accident.

The boy's death is at least the third case in Michigan in recent months in which a parent ran over and killed his or her child.

On Sept. 20, a 14-month-old girl was struck and killed by a truck her father was moving at his home in Mason. In July, a 23-month-old boy died after his father backed the family van out out of the Driveway of their Armada Township home, striking the boy.

Willow Glen toddler run over by dad, dies at Valley Med Center
May 3, 2000
By Chantal Lamers
San Jose Police are saying the death of a 22-month-old Willow Glen boy appears to be accidental, as homicide detectives gear up for a lengthy traffic collision investigation.

On April 23, Willow Glen resident David Espinola was backing his Chevy Suburban out of his driveway at Atlantic and Delmas avenues when he struck his son, Jacob Espinola.

San Jose police Sgt. Steve Dickson said the 35-year-old father and a relative were on their way to rent movies at a local video store when the accident occurred. Dickson said the boy had been outside playing with family members when he walked behind the SUV.

Jacob was transported to Valley Medical Center after paramedics and San Jose fire fighters responded to a 911 call. The boy died shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Dickson said there were no indications that David Espinola was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. "It looks very much accidental," he said. However, homicide detectives from the Traffic Investigations Unit usually take about three weeks to officially conclude rulings on cases, awaiting blood test results and family interviews.

Dickson said that once investigators finish their report, they'll hand over to the district attorney, who will decide whether to file criminal charges against the father.

A similar case occurred in South San Jose in January when Thomas Leigh Hogue struck his 2-year-old grandson, Jake Thomas Elby. The 61-year-old grandfather from Arizona was attempting to back his Ford Explorer out of a driveway on Montalban Drive when he struck the toddler.

Jake was transported to Santa Clara County Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Following an investigation, police ruled the death accidental, Dickson said.

Police are requesting anyone who witnessed the accident to contact San Jose plice traffic investigator Steve Robinson at 408.277.4654. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the SJPD Crime Stoppers program at 408.947.7867.
Father accidentally runs over, kills 1-year-old girl

FROM STAFF REPORTS Tuesday, October 17, 2000

A 1-year-old Detroit girl was accidentally run over and killed by her father as he backed out of the family's driveway Tuesday. The child had let herself out of a side door, and the father thought she was with her mother, who was outside, according to broadcast reports.

A neighbor told Channel 4 that she witnessed a accident from a window from her home. She said the child was to short for the father to see, as he backed up.

The family's home is on the city's southwest side.

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