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Mom charged with DUI in crash that killed infant son

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The mother of the six-month-old boy who died in a fatal car crash on Detroit’s west side last Thursday has been charged with multiple felonies in connection with the crash, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced Tuesday.

An arrest has been made Saturday in a hit-and-run crash that killed a six-month-old baby boy and injured six others Thursday on Detroit’s west side, police said.

On Thursday at about 8:30 p.m., in the area of Puritan and Archdale on the city’s west side, a Chrysler Town & Country and a Pontiac Grand Prix collided; police believe that the driver of the Grand Prix, a 31-year-old Detroit man named Deandre Cody, ran through a stop sign on Puritan before crashing into the minivan.

Three children, a 6-month-old boy, and girls, 2 and 4, 2- and 4-year-old girls, were ejected from the minivan. The boy died from his injuries. Cody, police say, fled the scene, but was arrested two days later in Southfield and charged with one count of failure to stop at an accident when at fault resulting in death; two counts of failure to stop at an accident resulting in serious injury, death or serious impairment; one count of driving with a suspended license, causing death; and driving with a suspended license, causing serious injury.

Now, both drivers in the crash are facing charges.

The driver of the Town & Country, the mother of the three children, is a 40-year-old Detroit woman named Latoya Sharese Powels. Authorities believe that Powels was intoxicated as she drove the vehicle, and that none of the three children were properly strapped into the minivan.

Powels is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on several charges: one count of involuntary manslaughter; three counts of second degree child abuse; one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with an occupant less than 16; and one count of drunk driving with a high blood alcohol content.

At his arraignment, Cody was given a $500,000 cash-or-surety bond, and he’s due back in court on May 30 at 8:30 a.m. for a probable cause hearing.

jdickson@detroitnews.com