Mother charged in wrong-way Detroit crash that killed 3-year-old son sentenced

Police say child was ejected from minivan, run over on road

DETROIT – A woman who pled guilty to drinking and driving and then killing her 3-year-old son, Michael Jones, in an car crash in August 2018, was sentenced Tuesday. 

The collision happened in Aug. 9, 2018 at the intersection of 7 Mile Road and Hayes Street. 

Police said Charlessia Pelt was speeding up 7 Mile Road into oncoming traffic and passed a Detroit police officer. Witnesses told police she was on her cellphone when she reached Hayes Street. There was a collision and Michael was thrown out of the car. 

Pelt was sentenced to 3 to 15 years in prison.

You can watch the full sentencing in the video posted above.

At the hearing, Pelt delivered an emotional apology to her family, pleading for forgiveness. Watch the hearing in the video player above.

Pelt was charged with: operating while intoxicated causing death; reckless driving causing death; three counts of child abuse in the second degree and three counts of operating while intoxicated -occupant. She pled guilty to the charges in February. 

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