Mother In High Speed Chase Ejects And Kills Own Daughter Denies Girl
There is a special place for people like this in Hell…
The mother of a 7-year-old girl thrown from a vehicle during a crash on Interstate 85 is facing six charges related to the chase.
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tony Ivey said Wednesday night that Errika Dominique Shelton faces six charges resulting from the incident: failure to stop for blue light resulting in death, driving under suspension third and subsequent, unlawful neglect of a child, reckless driving, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and habitual traffic offender.
According to a written statement from the sheriff’s office, deputies initially received information from friends and family that the child, Queniya Tykia Shelton, was Errika Shelton’s niece. Shortly before the girl’s death, however, investigators learned Errika Shelton was the child’s biological mother.
At a news conference earlier this week, Sheriff Chuck Wright said two deputies inside one car pursued Shelton’s vehicle after they noticed erratic driving and initiated a traffic stop on I-85 Monday morning. Wright said the suspected traffic violation was following too close or improperly changing lanes.
Wright said the chase topped speeds of 100 mph and continued for a couple of miles.
The pursuit ended after Shelton lost control of the 2012 Dodge Journey she was driving and struck the guardrail in the northbound lane near the 81 mile marker.
Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the SUV overturned, ejecting the child, before going over the guardrail and part of the median. He said the vehicle came to rest in the median near the southbound lane.
Queniya Shelton of Spartanburg was pronounced dead at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger.
Errika Shelton was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon.
Rhyne said the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office will handle all charges in the case. The Highway Patrol’s investigation into the pursuit and crash is ongoing, he said.
Wright said his deputies followed protocol. He said they did not know a child was in the vehicle during the chase and would have handled the chase differently had they known. Wright said deputies recovered about a half pound of marijuana.
Shelton’s criminal record includes convictions for failing to stop for a blue light, unlawful carrying of a weapon, assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest, habitual traffic offender and drug charges, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Shelton’s 10-year driving record, obtained from the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, shows numerous traffic violations, including her license being suspended 18 times from May 2005 through February of this year for various violations, including a controlled substance violation, failure to pay traffic tickets, cancellation of insurance. It appears some of those suspensions overlap. For example, Shelton’s license was suspended in August 2010 after she was classified a habitual offender. That suspension was to expire in August 2015, yet the record shows her license was suspended again on Feb. 6 for failure to stop for a blue light.
Queniya Tykia Shelton died days after. We have no words for the mother and wish the worst upon her because this is just blasphemy and heartless. R.I.P. Queniya.