A 26-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for running over her child as the woman fled the mall in Centerville after she was accused of shoplifting, a news release said.
Arkebia Renarda Albury was also sentenced to 11 years on probation, according to the Houston County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Her sentence, handed down by Houston County Superior Court Judge George Nunn, was based on convictions for serious injury by vehicle and failure to stop and return to the scene of an accident. Her son, who was 4-years-old at the time, suffered skull fractures, a lacerated liver and other injuries in the May 23, 2013 incident, the release stated.
According to the release, Albury fled the Houston County Galleria after attempts to detain her for shoplifting failed. She neglected to place her son in her vehicle and thought he had climbed inside. As she fled the scene, she struck her son with her 2001 Toyota Camry and ran over him. She then placed the injured boy inside the car and fled the scene. She was pulled over a few miles away by Centerville police. The boy was taken to the Houston County Medical Center.
“The fact that Ms. Albury would take her children with her to commit a crime is not only senseless, it is selfish,” Assistant District Attorney Greg Winters said in the release. “As a result of her actions, her son was seriously injured -- almost losing his life. She is going to prison because she placed her wants and desires over the best interest of her children.”
To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.