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Woman charged in toddler’s hit-and-run death

MOUNT OLIVE (AP) — A warrant has been issued for a Mount Olive woman accused of hitting and killing a toddler with her car in May and leaving the scene of the accident.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said Monday that 49-year-old Michelle Merritt of is charged with misdemeanor hit and run for the accident that killed 21-month-old Ismael Aleman. Her status wasn’t immediately known.

The patrol said Ismael was killed when he ran out into a road in front of his Duplin County home. Troopers said Merritt didn’t stop for the accident, although she said she stopped later to check her car for damage and continued driving after she didn’t see any.

A warrant also has been issued for the boy’s mother, Delmi Garcia. She’s charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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