Antoine Watkins is charged with murder, attempting to elude police and other crimes, in the death of the boy, Dillan Harris.
“[Watkins] was chased by police, lost control of his car, crashed into a post and then hit the baby,” Reuters reported authorities as saying.
The baby’s mother, who declined to give her name to reporters, said she and three of her kids were on their way to the beach when the car suddenly jumped the curb. Via the Chicago Sun Times:
“All of a sudden, they swerved and hit a pole and hit my baby,” said the mother, who declined to give her name.
She said she tried to push all of her kids out of the way but didn’t have enough time to get Dillan clear of the danger.
“It happened in the blink of an eye,” she said. “When I looked up, they were just there. I tried my best to save my baby.”
When she saw the stroller had been hit, she said, “I knew he was gone,”
Police say they are questioning two suspects but no charges have been filed.