Baby and man are killed in crash after mother crashed in police pursuit after stealing baby formula
A five-week-old baby and a man have died in a horrific accident after a mother led police on a high-speed chase after stealing baby products from a Louisiana Walmart.
Edward Williams, of Monroe, and a five-week-old baby were killed after 38-year-old Candance Gill led police on a chase that ended in two cars being wrecked shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.
Gill and Williams were reportedly confronted by security at a Walmart for stealing baby products. By the time police arrived at the scene, the couple had already fled in their vehicle.
Gill’s silver Chevrolet Camaro was seen speeding down a highway by witnesses.
An ‘officer gave chase and activated his lights and sirens, but the vehicle failed to stop,’ the police report, obtained by KNOEsaying.
He reportedly drove on the shoulder of the highway and ran through several red lights shortly before colliding with another vehicle near Highway 165 and Renwick Street.
Gill fled the scene and was later found at a residence on Otis Street. She was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on $271,950 bond.
The mother was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of negligent injury, one count of shoplifting, four counts of failure to appear for a warrant, two counts of failure to wear a seat belt, possession of a weapon of fire by a person convicted of a serious crime, and more, according to her reservation information.
Candance Gill, 38, was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on $271,950 bond and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter after she allegedly stole baby products from a Walmart and led police on a chase. It is unclear what she allegedly stole from her.
Gill (pictured) and Edwards reportedly approached Walmart security about the reported robbery, but escaped and fled in a car, where they were later seen speeding down the road before colliding.
Gill’s car was seen with its hood crushed (pictured) after the serious accident. Gill managed to escape the accident and was later arrested at a residence on Otis Street. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene and the boy sustained serious injuries and died at the hospital.
Williams was pronounced dead at the scene and the baby was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later died.
“The Monroe Police Department believes the child was not properly restrained in the vehicle prior to the accident,” police said.
The two passengers in the other car reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
It’s unclear what baby items Gill and Williams stole from the store, but it comes as parents face a shortage of baby food, with the South bearing the brunt.
Parents in Tennessee are bearing the brunt of the baby formula shortage, new data obtained by DailyMail.com shows, with those in Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware coming in second.
The scale of the crisis is revealed in the new analysis, which shows that only 43 percent of the usual national supply of baby formula is available.
In Tennessee, 54 percent of the state’s usual supply is out, in Delaware the figure is 54 percent, and in Texas it is 52 percent.
The situation this week is likely to be significantly worse as parents panic and buy supplies and even more stores run out of goods.
Passengers in the other car (pictured) reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The problem began earlier this year, when a Michigan-based factory was found to have breached Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hygiene procedures, and four babies were hospitalized after eating contaminated formula, one of the which died.
As the shortage continues, and is expected to last throughout the year, the Louisiana Department of Health advises parents to be careful when choosing substitutes at random.
“We understand the frustration families feel if they can’t find a brand their baby has grown accustomed to, but it’s so important that we focus during this shortage on keeping babies well fed with appropriate substitutes,” Jennifer Nicklas, the Director of the LDH Office of Nutrition Services, said in a statement.
‘Families should not substitute cow’s milk, goat’s milk or plant-based milk for infant formula, or dilute their formula. Families with questions about other surrogates should contact their pediatrician.’
The department also advises against stockpiling baby food and keeping only a 10-day supply and not making homemade formula, as it won’t contain the nutrition babies need.