WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County grand jury decided not to indict a grandfather who hit his granddaughter with a vehicle in March, killing her.
Calvin Barger, Jr. faced charges of aggravated vehicular assault and OVI after the death of 17-month-old Kaleeha Queen.
Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich said Kaleeha was in the yard playing on a swing set but ran out in front of the pickup as Barger was pulling out.
According to a report from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, Barger took several sobriety tests, including a chemical breath test that revealed his blood alcohol content was .094, over the legal driving limit of .08.
The family asked the court for mercy, however, calling it a tragic accident. Kaleeha’s parents, Kayla and Joseph Queen, said they just wanted Barger home so that they could grieve as a family.
“We understand it as a pure accident. We lost our baby, but he’s grieving, too,” Kayla Queen told WKBN last month.