A 27-year-old Detroit woman was charged Saturday in connection with a fatal crash on Detroit's east side that killed her 3-year-old son, officials said.

Charlessia Pelt was charged in 34th District Court in Romulus with operating while  intoxicated causing death, reckless driving causing death, three counts of child abuse in the second degree, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. 

Pelt was arraigned Sunday, Aug. 12, and was given a $1 million bond/ 10 percent cash surety. 

Her probable cause conference is scheduled for Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. 

The crash happened at 7 p.m. Thursday on Seven Mile and Hayes Street, according to Dontae Freeman, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department, who said a burgundy minivan was traveling eastbound on Seven Mile when she allegedly drove through a red light and struck another vehicle, a gold Chrysler 300.

During the crash, the 3-year-old boy was in the rear of the minivan unrestrained in a car seat and was ejected from the vehicle. Pelt’s van rolled backward over the child and stuck a parked car, prosecutors said.

She had three children in the vehicle with her, a 3-month-old girl, the 3-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. The two other children were properly restrained, police said.

Pelt's son was pronounced dead at a hospital, officials said.

The other victims of the crash were privately taken to a hospital. Pelt was arrested after the crash and is suspected of driving impaired or intoxicated. 

Police initially said the minivan was struck from behind by another vehicle, which fled the scene after the crash.

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