A young driver in Atlanta is now facing felony murder charges.
Twenty-one-year-old Titayanna Phillips is accused of purposely crashing her vehicle into the car that was carrying her infant daughter and the child’s father.
The crash occurred on Monday evening and Phillips is also facing charges of aggravated assault.
The victim has been named as three-month-old Khy’undra Henderson.
Police said the baby’s father, 27-year-old Undra Henderson had just put her in the car and was driving away when Phillips ran her SUV into the back of his car several times.
The accident happened in northwest Atlanta around 7 p.m.
Henderson reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a pole.
Fire officers had to use the Jaws of Life to extract both him and Khy’undra from the smoking vehicle after bystanders tried unsuccessfully to rescue the pair.
Police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said the baby passed away in a hospital. Her father was also hospitalized and said to be in stable condition.
Neighbor Tarangela Jones said Phillips remained on the scene after the crash and called authorities.
It’s unclear whether she had an attorney.
Police have not revealed a possible motive for Phillip’s actions.
However, there were two police reports involving Phillips and Undra Henderson. In June, she was charged with disorderly conduct following an argument with him.
A few days before the crash, Phillips was accused of removing Khy’undra from a healthcare facility. The police reported asked her to return the baby, and she did so.
In addition, media reports cited police records that showed there was an ongoing Division of Family and Children Services investigation into Phillips.
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