(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Prosecutors want to add a new charge against a woman who drove away after allegedly hitting and killing a child.
Christina Shackelford-Grammer told police she thought she had hit a deer after running over three-year-old Jack Carpenter on North Dearborn Road last September. The boy was playing in the front yard with his little sister when he wandered out onto the busy road.
Shackelford-Grammer would later realize she may have been the one who hit Carpenter and called police early the next morning. She was charged with Failure to Stop after an Accident Resulting in Death, a Class C felony, following her arrest.
Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard has motioned to add a second charge against the 32-year-old mother from Sunman.
A hearing will be held Jan. 24, 2011 where a Dearborn Superior Court I Judge Jonathan Cleary could allow a new charge of Reckless Homicide, also a Class C felony.
If convicted on both charges, Shackelford-Grammer could be sentenced to up to 16 years.
During a hearing in November dozens of friends and family showed up in court to support her. Some have even sent letters to the judge on behalf of Shackelford-Grammer.