Girl, 1, dies ‘after being run over in mom’s driveway by drunk uncle with a suspended driver’s license who then drove off – then pretended not to know what happened’
- Anthony J. Goose, 28, went to visit his one-year-old niece Vivian on Sunday
- Goose from Walker, Minnesota, first played with her, Vivian’s mom, Vanessa said, then drove recklessly off their driveway
- He hit Vivian, who later died of her injuries, while Goose drove away
- When he came back, Vanessa said, he pretended not to know what had happened
- Gans had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, authorities report
- He also had a driver’s license revoked after careless driving on March 12 and was on probation for that incident at the time of Vivian’s death.
Anthony J. Gans, 28, was arrested on Sunday after allegedly running over his 1 1/2 year old niece and fleeing the scene
A one-year-old girl was beaten and murdered by her drunken uncle who was on probation for careless driving and had his driver’s license suspended, the deputies say.
Anthony J. Goose, 28, of Walker, Minnesota, was visiting his cousin, Vivian “Vivi” Staples in Shingobee Township, when he backed up and hit her just before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, says Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
Vivian was playing in the driveway with a friend, her mother, Vanessa Goose, told the Star Tribune, when her brother, Anthony, came by. Vanessa said Goose was playing with her first. Then he said he was leaving. ‘
Vivian was behind her uncle’s car when he drove away, according to Vanessa, who added, “The way he drove away was careless.”
Police arrived on the scene shortly after, but Anthony had left the scene.
The agents immediately began taking life-saving measures, according to a press release, which continued when Vivian was taken to a medical helicopter to be flown out for further treatment. But she died on the way to the trauma helicopter.
Vanessa Goose, left, told the Star Tribune that Anthony stopped at her home in Walker, Minnesota, to play with Vivian, right, before driving recklessly down the driveway
Vivian has been described as a happy toddler who loved cartoons, especially Mickey Mouse, and ‘loved to dance to the music’. Her uncle is charged with murder for her death
DailyMail.com has reached out to Vivian’s family for more comment on the events leading up to the toddler’s tragic death.
By the time Goose returned to the house, Vanessa told the Star Tribune, “he pretended he didn’t know what had happened.”
Goose had a blood alcohol level above the .08 legal limit, the sheriff’s office said, and he was arrested on charges of murder of a vehicle. He was then booked into Cass County Jail.
DailyMail.com has contacted the prison to find out if Goose has been charged, when to appear in court, and what his bond was.
The Department of Public Safety told the Star Tribune that Anthony had a revoked license at the time of the hit-and-run.
He was cited on March 12 for careless driving and was imprisoned on March 25. A judge in Beltrami district sentenced him to 45 days of hail, but later dropped that term to 27 days, releasing Goose on April 13 instead of May 9. .
Anthony was also arrested in December for drunk driving, the Star Tribune reports. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, double the legal limit, while driving his 10-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint.
In tribute to Vivian, Vanessa recalled how her daughter “ loved to play with her sisters and my brothers and my boyfriend. ”
She liked cartoon characters, especially Mickey Mouse, said Vanessa, and “loved to dance to the music.”
An autopsy is also scheduled on Vivian to determine exactly how she died.