Woman charged in death of child

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A woman accused of stealing a car and causing a collision that killed a 3-year-old boy during a police chase pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Thursday. Sara Olivia Bravo, 26, of La Puente was arraigned in Pasadena Superior Court. She is charged with second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter in the death of Talmin Moye II of San Gabriel. She is also charged with evading police, car theft, hit-and-run and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license. She faces life in prison with possible parole, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Sandi Gibbons. At about 9:10 a.m. on Dec. 11, Arcadia police began chasing Bravo in a stolen Acura after she failed to yield to officers during a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Singingwood Drive, authorities said. The three-minute pursuit, in which the Acura reached speeds of 70 mph, ended at the intersection of Altadena Drive and Del Mar Boulevard when the Acura collided with the vehicle of Talmin Moye Sr., 32, of San Gabriel. Moye was taking his son to breakfast that morning. The toddler was transported to Huntington Hospital in serious condition. He was later taken off life support and pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m., authorities said. The family of the boy stood teary-eyed outside the courtroom after the arraignment. “She murdered my grandson,” said the boy’s grandmother, Rebecca Van Westbroek, who was wearing a T-shirt showing photographs of the toddler and reading “In Loving Memory of My Grandson … 7/17/02 to 12/11/05.” “I’m still numb. He was a very beautiful boy.” Her daughter and Talmin Moye II’s mother, Angelina Van Westbroek, said Bravo’s not-guilty plea “is like stabbing every piece of my heart.” “Personally, if I killed a 3-year-old, I’d admit to it,” she said. “It’s just an extra slap in the face.” Talmin Moye Sr., Angelina Van Westbroek’s fianc , stood quietly by, looking out the courthouse window. “He doesn’t show he’s suffering,” said Rebecca Van Westbroek, adding that Moye suffers pain in his spine and pelvis as a result of the crash. Most of the 10 family members in court Thursday wore shirts bearing the toddler’s photos. Bravo had a large bandage across the right side of her forehead. She was represented by a court-appointed public defender, Patricia Mulligan. Arcadia police Detective Scott Moore said Bravo’s blood is being tested to determine if drugs or alcohol were in her system at the time of the crash. He said it could be another month before results of those tests are known. Bravo is being held on $1million bail. Her preliminary hearing date setting will take place Feb. 8 in Pasadena Superior Court, Dept. B. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496last_img

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