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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   Media Release No.  200 Monday,  October  28, 2013,  1:30 P.M., CDT



  Contact: Sergeant Johnny Williams  
                      Public Information Officer
                      Telephone No. (205) 254-1708







Traffic Fatality/Murder Investigation

The Birmingham Police Department reports that detectives have arrested and charged a suspect in connection a traffic fatality/murder investigation. The incident occurred on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at approximately 12:43 a.m., in the 1600 block of Vanderbilt Road.

The victim has been identified as: Rashaad Cole, B/M, 10, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Officers responded to the incident location to investigate a report of a traffic accident. Upon arrival, officers observed a wrecked vehicle on the property of Brother’s Recycling. Officers also observed two adults and 4 children suffering from injuries. Birmingham Fire and Rescue arrived and pronounced the victim deceased on the scene. The adult victims were transported to U.A.B. Hospital for treatment. The surviving juvenile victims were transported to Children’s of Alabama for treatment. All surviving victims are expected to recover from their injuries.

Upon further investigation officers observed that the suspect/driver appeared intoxicated. Officers received additional information that the suspect/driver had consumed alcohol prior to driving the vehicle. Officers also learned that the suspect/driver had stopped at a nightclub prior to the accident while leaving the children in the car.

The suspect/driver has been identified as:
Sherita Harvey, B/F, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama.
The following warrants have been obtained against the suspect:
Murder with Reckless Indifference
Assault 1st Degree
Aggravated Child Abuse
Felony Child Abuse (3 Counts)
Total bond - $305,000.00
The suspect is in the custody of the Jefferson County Jail.

A photo of the suspects may be obtained at the B.P.D. Headquarters, located at 1710 1st Avenue North.


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