Three children were killed and another was seriously injured Tuesday morning when they were struck by a vehicle as they were about to board a school bus, police said.
It's believed the three children, twin boys, 6, and a girl, 9, were from the same family, Slocum said.
A fourth child was injured and taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital. He suffered multiple broken bones and injuries. A warrant for her arrest included "three felony charges of reckless homicide", as well as "a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus, with the stop arm extended, causing injury", IN state police said IN a news release posted on Twitter.
The children were standing on the opposite side of the road and had stepped out to cross to the bus when they were hit by the Toyota.
According to a press release from Indiana State Police, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was arrested at her place of employment at just after 4 p.m. when officers served her with an arrest warrant, alleging three felony charges for reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus, with the stop arm extended, causing injury.
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And now the uncle of those children is speaking out, saying the family previously told the school their bus pickup location is unsafe. No other students were on the bus.
The school bus was from the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation.
Shepherd was held at the Fulton County Jail on a surety bond of $15,000. "They were holding hands every day on the way to the bus stop including today...it looks like Alivia stepped in front of the auto for the boys".
The Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. said in a statement posted on Facebook that counselors had been dispatched to its schools to help students, staff and parents.
Ingle said there were days Alivia acted more like a mother to her brothers than a big sister, which is why he says it's no surprise that she tried to shield them before they were hit.