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NLV police seek to find 1-year-old son of hit-and-run suspect

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Updated: 8/10/2013 2:22 pm
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- North Las Vegas police are still seeking to find the whereabouts of the 1-year-old son of the woman who has been charged in a hit-and-run accident Thursday night that injured eight people.

Nayakueth Tear, 18, of West Jordan, Utah, is being held at Las Vegas city jail on a bond of $191,000 on eight charges of felony hit-and-run after she allegedly drove into eight people who had just left a church in the 1900 block of Losee Road just before 11 p.m. Thursday. Tear is expected to make an initial appearance Monday at North Las Vegas Justice Court.

Police say that Tear first told them that her 1-year-old son was with his father in Las Vegas, but her mother in Salt Lake City says her daughter said the baby was with at a friend's house in Arizona. She told police she had been living in her car for about a week since moving from Utah.

"We aren't making a big deal about this right now, but we want to find where the son is and we haven't been able to locate him," Sgt. Tim Bedwell told News 3 this morning. "We don't have any evidence of a crime and it would be up to a relative to file a missing person report."

The mother, who is a U.S. citizen and immigrant from Sudan, apparently has been the primary caregiver for the child.

Meanwhile, seven of the eight injured people have been treated and released from area hospitals. The lone remaining victim, a 54-year-old man, is in critical condition at UMC.

The ages of the other victims range from 15 years old to 40 years old, according to North Las Vegas police. They had attended a three hour Spanish-speaking church service and had been standing outside their parked cars in the 1900 block of Losse Road and Lake Mead Boulevard when the crash occurred.

A surveillance video from an auto repair shop across the street caught it on tape, and in it, the driver gets out, surveys the damage, then gets back in and drives off. The driver was later arrested near I-15, where the Losse Road dead ends.

Bedwell said Tear remains uncooperative with detectives.


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