Possible Charges Pending for Driver Who Ran Over Baby

DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Police say possible charges are pending for the man who ran over and killed a 4-month-old baby boy this weekend.

Police say they think the man behind the wheel may have been intoxicated. Police reports show the driveway was littered with beer cans. It also states the driver and another man had bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and smelt strongly of alcohol.

On Saturday, authorities say Breland Garrett’s father placed him on the driveway in his car seat in front of a SUV. That’s when another man who was in the driver seat put the SUV in gear to move it forward but ran over the baby.

“We don’t feel it was an intentional act on anyone’s party to strike the child or cause injuries or deaths,” Des Moines police Sgt. Jason Halifax said.

It took four people to lift the SUV off of the baby. Crews rushed Breland to Blank Children’s Hospital where he later died. Authorities preformed a drug test on scene to the driver of vehicle and are waiting on the results.

“If test results show his blood alcohol content was .08 or higher, which is the legal limit for drunk driving and death was caused because of that drunk driving, possible charges at a maximum level is vehicular homicide,” Sgt. Halifax said.

Sergeant Halifax says it could take ten days to complete the results to show whether the man behind the wheel was intoxicated.


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