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UPDATE: Murder charge filed in girl's death during chase

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas City, Kan., man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of an 8-year-old girl who was in a minivan the man crashed into while fleeing from police.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman on Friday charged 27-year-old Tyrone Murphy Jr. in the death of Jasmine Rodriguez. She was killed Wednesday when Murphy's car collided with a minivan her mother was driving.

Murphy also was charged with possession of cocaine, eluding a police officer and three counts of aggravated battery for injuries to Jasmine's mom and two of Jasmine's siblings, ages 9 and 6.

Murphy was being held on $1 million bond in the Wyandotte County jail. Gorman's office says he did not have an attorney as of Friday afternoon.


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The Kansas Highway Patrol says a young girl died when the van her mother was driving was hit by a car fleeing from police.

Authorities say Kansas City, Kan., police began chasing the car after it didn't stop for a routine traffic stop Wednesday night. The driver eventually ran a red light and hit a van, killing the girl and injuring her mother and two other children.

The driver, 27-year-old Tyrone Murphy, Jr., tried to flee but was arrested.

KSHB-TV reports the victim was a 7-year-old girl. According to KHP online crash logs, she's been identified as Jasmine Rodriquez of Kansas City, Kansas. The child's mother, 35-year-old Jacqueline Ramirez, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy were seriously injured.

The highway patrol is investigating.


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