Police: Child, 1, struck by car

Documents: Unlicensed driver was backing up

MIDDLEBURG — A 19-year-old woman was charged Thursday with five criminal counts after unlawfully operating a vehicle and backing over a 1-year-old, causing moderate injuries to the child, according to court documents.

According to court documents, Kiara L. Short, of Middleburg, was learning to drive on Monday and was backing out of a Middlecreek Township driveway when she struck a neighbor’s child and pinned the child under the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The child was taken by ambulance to Geisinger-Danville Hospital and treated for two broken hips and a malfunctioning bladder, according to court documents. Additionally, police reported that 40 percent of the child’s body had road rash as a result of the incident. On Tuesday, the child was reported to be in stable condition, according to court documents.

Short admitted to operating the vehicle without a license and her mother advised police that she was teaching Short how to drive when the incident took place, according to court documents. Short was very emotional about the incident and advised police she did not observe the child behind her while operating the vehicle, according to court documents.

Short was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge John Reed and committed to Snyder County Correctional Facility, unable to post the $15,000 bail set. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 13.

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