Grandmother charged after toddler hit, killed by vehicle

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) " A woman was arrested after she backed a sport utility vehicle over her young granddaughter, killing her, police said Wednesday.

Gwinnett County police arrested Gilma J. Ordonez-Guevara, 44, of Lawrenceville, on charges including vehicular homicide, hit and run, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and no license. Online jail records show she is also under an immigration hold.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Ordonez-Guevara had an attorney.

Police say 23-month-old Valeria Leiba died from her injuries after she was hit Tuesday afternoon.

Statements made during a 911 call led investigators to believe Ordonez-Guevara was driving the vehicle that hit the toddler, but police said she initially denied involvement.

Officers found a yellow Hummer in the driveway at her home, which is in the same neighborhood as the child's home. Investigators got a warrant to examine her vehicle and found evidence that police say conflicted with Ordonez-Guevara's initial statements.

In a second interview, investigators learned she didn't realize the toddler was behind her SUV and hit her as she was backing out of the driveway at the child's home, police said.

Ordonez-Guevara carried the child inside the home and went to her own house, where she parked her car and walked back to the child's home, police said.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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