Detroit Mother Charged In Death of Three-Year-Old

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Charlessia Pelt, 27, (DOB: 02/27/91), of Detroit, in connection with the death of her three-year-old son. On Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., it is alleged that Pelt was driving her van at Seven Mile and Hayes with her son unrestrained in the rear passenger seat when she drove through a red light, striking another car. The impact of the collision caused the child to be ejected on to the street. Pelt's van rolled backwards over the child and stuck a parked car. It is alleged that Pelt was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Her son was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

Pelt has been charged with: Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) Causing Death; Reckless Driving Causing Death; Child Abuse 2nd Degree; Child Abuse 2nd Degree; Child Abuse 2nd Degree; and three counts of Operating While Intoxicated*. She was arraigned on Sunday, August 12, 2018, and received a $1 million/10% bond. Her Probable Cause Conference is on August 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for August 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Lydia Nance Adams in 36th District Court.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.