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Church Van Driver Will Not Face Charges In Death Of Two-Year-Old Girl

Posted May 22, 2000

— A family is upset after learning a van driver will not be charged in the death of their 2-year-old daughter.

Gloria Thompson was run over in front of her home after she got off the church day care van. Charmaine Bullard, Gloria's mother, says the woman behind the wheel of the day care van should not walk away without charges.

"I was mad and angry," Bullard says. "I feel like they should arrest her because if it was me, they would lock me up and would not let me out."

Investigators say on May 4, Shamilia Davis, 20, was dropping Gloria off at her home, when she apparently did not see the girl slip under the van's wheels. Davis backed up and hit the child and then drove forward over her body again.

"If you want to drive in that case, you have to handle the kid like it was yours," Bullard says. "I miss my daughter. It's hard for me. Sometimes I can't sleep at night."

The Fayetteville Police Department says the decision not to file criminal charges was made after a thorough review of the investigation and conference with the District Attorney's office.

Police say they could find no criminal intent in the case and consider it an accident.

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