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5-year-old girl fatally hit by car in St. Louis identified, driver in custody

The girl has been identified as 5-year-old Demyhia Bates

ST. LOUIS — A woman is in custody after fatally hitting a child with her car Monday evening.

According to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident happened around 8:35 p.m. in St. Louis’ Walnut Park West neighborhood, in the 6000 block of Shulte Avenue.

Emergency responders rushed the child to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, police said. The girl has been identified as 5-year-old Demyhia Bates.

The car that hit the girl did not stop and drove away from the scene. Tuesday morning, police said the car was a GMC Envoy and a 35-year-old woman was taken into custody.

5 On Your Side's Justina Coronel spoke to Demyhia's mom. 

"She was my best friend. I love her and miss her so much already,” she said. 

Credit: Family photo

This story will be updated as 5 On Your Side receives more information.


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