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Driver cleared, man charged with assault after toddler hit by car

Posted May 12, 2009

— Sharpsburg Police have decided not to charge a driver whose car hit a toddler but charged a man accused of hitting the driver and a bystander after the May 3 accident.

Police said that Moses Blount, 26, couldn't see the 1-year-old who ran out into a parking lot while he was backing out of a spot at the Pine Grove Apartments, off East Main Street. Officers said they found a crowd had gathered when they arrived.

Investigators determined that Michael Dwayne Jones, 21, a resident of the apartment complex, used his closed fist to hit Blount in the mouth and a bystander, Jerry Eatmon, in the nose.

Jones was charged with two counts of assault and battery.

Police consulted with the Edgecombe County District Attorney's Office about the incident.

The child got five stitches on his left ear and suffered other scrapes and bruises.


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  • AuntySocial May 12, 2009

    Why was the child behind the car? How did it get there? It seems like someone was not doing their job as a parent.

  • teacher-mom May 12, 2009

    My son used to run me ragged. You have to keep your hands on children at all times. It only takes a second for them to get away. I never could understand how people can keep up with several little children. You only have two hands. That means you can only hold on to two children.

  • furburg May 12, 2009

    Thank you Paula, You know im a parent myself and I can stand everywhere i look parents let their young children run around on attend then when something happens to them their all about beating someone up or trying to sue them, that stuff gets old To all the parents out their you need to be a little more attentive towards your children.

  • teacher-mom May 12, 2009

    At least this turned out well. What about the parents or caregivers?

  • paulawindley May 12, 2009

    That's funny furburg but you are 100% correct!

  • furburg May 12, 2009

    Finally the cops do something 75% right now to make it 100%n they need to charge the parent(s) with neglect for letting their child out of their sight.

  • paulawindley May 12, 2009

    Well done. I have this problem with my neighbors... Their older child (not even 4 yet) have scared me a couple of times, walking up to me on the side of my driveway. I have literally had to take him to his parents, and they did not even know he had stepped out the house. He could have easily been behind my van, and I could have ran onto him and harm him accidentally (you can't see a child his size behind a mini van), because his parents are not even watching him!!!
    I bet this was a similar situation.

  • Desiderata May 12, 2009

    Who ever was "watching " the child needs to be delt a "hard blow"..for being incompetent!

  • twc May 12, 2009

    Someone should also be charged for not supervising the toddler.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 12, 2009

    Sounds like the cops got this one correct. I'm sure the upset family member of the child doesn't see it that way. But he needs to learn how to control himself when under pressure. The driver probably feels bad. But nothing he could have done differently.