A Portland, Maine, mother allegedly ran over and killed her toddler girl Saturday night during her other daughter’s 10th birthday party.
The Portland Press Herald reports Taneisha Thomas, 27, was driving an SUV when she struck her 17-month-old daughter, Tiannah Sevey, outside her housing complex. Thomas is said to have been backing out of a parking spot when the accident occurred.
Arriving officers performed CPR on Sevey before she was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
State records indicated that the mother’s license was suspended on August 17 after being charged with operating under the influence with a prior OUI conviction and operating without a license. The suspension was upheld on September 11 and she was driving on a conditional license when the accident occurred, according to the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.
The Sun Journal reports that Thomas was convicted in 2013 of OUI for striking a parked car in front of her home. Her blood level was three times the legal limit at the time.
Lewiston Police Department spokesman Lieutenant David St. Pierre said that Thomas underwent a blood test, which could take several weeks to process.
“This is going to be a long investigation,” Lieutenant St. Pierre said. “We still have a long ways to go.”
A recent article by the Press Herald revealed that Thomas is not expected to face charges in connection with the deadly incident. On Monday, the Lieutenant noted that Thomas has been cooperative throughout their investigation.
“There’s no indication there’s going to be any charges,” Lieutenant St. Pierre commented.
“It was an accident, through and through.”
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