Father arrested in death of 7-year-old girl

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A 7-year-old girl died on Wednesday night after the vehicle she was traveling in went off a road in Ascension Parish.

As a result of the crash, the father of the 7-year-old girl was arrested and charged with: 

  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Vehicular Negligent Injuring (2 counts)
  • Reckless Operation of a Vehicle
  • Unrestrained Child (3 counts)
  • No Seatbelt
  • Use of certain wireless telecommunications devices for text messaging and social networking prohibited 

Devontae Sanders, 25, of Donaldsonville was driving on LA Hwy 308 south of LA Hwy 945 when the accident occurred a little after 11 p.m.

LSP said, “the initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Sanders was traveling southbound on LA Hwy 308 in a 2008 Toyota Camry with his three children (female juveniles ages 7, 4, and 3).”

Sanders lost control of the vehicle and traveled off of the road coming to a stop after hitting a concrete culvert and overturning. 

None of the the children were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

According to the Louisiana State Police, all three children “sustained serious injuries.”

Two of the children were transported to a hospital in Donaldsonville and the youngest child was sent to a Baton Rouge hospital. 

LSP said, “the 7-year-old ultimately succumbed to her injuries” at the hospital.

The father was also not wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries.

According to the Louisiana State Police, “impairment is suspected to be a factor in the crash on the part of Devontae Sanders, and a toxicology sample was taken from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for further analysis.”

Sanders is currently in the Ascension Parish Detention Center.

The investigation into this crash remains open. 

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