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Child hit by car released from hospital

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

By David Kenney - bio | email

RICHLAND, MS (WLBT) - Good news for a Richland toddler hit by a car Monday. He's back home with his family, and recovering well.

One-Year-Od D'Shawn Summerlin is back in his mothers arms following a two day hospital stay, after he was hit by the driver of this green Explorer.

"I think it was an accident, I'm sure it was an accident," says Patricia Craft, D'Shawns mother.

D'Shawn was hit while Patricia was at work, and visitors were just leaving her house on Parkdale Circle in Richland.  Two babysitters were at the home, but lost sight of D'Shawn.

"He slipped out behind her, she left the fence door open and he ran out the fence and had run out to the road where the truck was before the guy had a chance to see him," says Craft.

The driver, 41-year-old Ronald Sexton was charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle. He is being held in the Rankin county jail, on a $35,000.00 bond.

The two baby sitters who lost sight of D'Shawn, 21-year-yld Kiara Franklin and 20-year-yld Jessica Laster are charged with misdemeanor child neglect.

"I got the door knob locks so they can't open the doors, chains for the fence, I got all kinds of safety stuff cause I'm scared to go back to work myself."

Social services visited the craft home Thursday, and only recommended the purchase of a fire extinguisher. Craft says she'll be keeping a closer eye on all five of her children from now on.

Craft says social services will be making a return visit sometime next week.

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