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

Posted May 12, 2009 1:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.