Authorities in Milwaukee have arrested and charged a woman with stealing a car and being involved in a crash that killed a 1-year-old boy. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the minor, Zarion Robinson, was in the vehicle Antwineesha Burse is accused of stealing. The fatal accident happened on Friday.
Mikayla Tweedie, Zarion’s mother, told the news outlet that the Burse was in the car with her before the suspect stole it. Burse was also described as a “acquaintance” by Tweedie. Burse is charged with one count of felony causing death by knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. If convicted, she faces a $10,000 fine and a six-year prison sentence.
“That day me and my cousin stopped by the house. (The suspected driver) was in the back seat, she (is) a family friend,” said Tweedie. “Me and my cousin went inside to drop my cousin’s cat off. … She took it upon herself to hop in the driver’s seat and pull off with my child in the car. I called her and said I don’t care about the car, I just want my baby back.”
The mother of the deceased minor also stated that she has no idea why Burse drove away in her car. “I knew her well enough that I didn’t think she’d do something like that,” Tweedie said.
Burse was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle, according to reports. According to a report from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, Zarion was in an unsecured seat at the time of the crash. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Burse was probably speeding.
The occupants of the other vehicle also fled after the collision, according to police, who added that Burse was taken to a hospital and arrested. “I want to see justice served. “I want to see justice served,” said Zarion’s father, Eddie Anthony.
“He didn’t deserve it, he had a lot of life ahead of him. Like I said, gone but never forgotten, but it’s a lot of heartache that we will never get over. Everybody’s going to think about it every day, every minute, every second, so it’s tough, it’s hard.”
Anthony also said his son was “always playful.” “He always had a smile, always laughing just doing normal stuff, just growing up everyday, so for this to happen is just tragic,” he added.