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Police: Woman who ran over 2 children was using phone

July 17, 2019

GATES, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an upstate New York woman accused of running over two toddlers was taking pictures with her phone at the time of the accident.

Authorities charged 29-year-old Letoya Palmo of Gates with two counts of assault and reckless endangerment.

A 2-year-old and a 10-month-old were being pulled in a wagon by their father when they were hit Thursday. They were critically injured.

Palmo initially said she was distracted by her two sons in the back seat. But Gates Police Chief Jim VanBrederode says forensic analysis of the suspect’s cell phone shows she was using it to capture a “for rent” sign.

Palmo sobbed and said she was sorry as she was arraigned Tuesday. She was sent to Monroe County Jail on $10,000 bail.

A call for comment was made to her lawyer.

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