A 16-year-old Skyview student accused of hitting a woman and her toddler with a car appeared this morning in Yellowstone County Youth Court.
Tyrell Littlebird was brought before Judge G. Todd Baugh for a detention hearing. The teenager has been held in youth detention since his arrest Friday evening.
Deputy County Attorney Lance Lundvall told Baugh that prosecutors are likely to charge Littlebird with felony criminal endangerment, among other charges. He said the boy is registered as a student at Skyview High School, but his address is unclear. Lundvall asked Baugh to set bond at $10,000.
Public Defender Stacy Sampson asked the judge to set the teen's bond at $5,000. She said Littlebird lives with his parents at a Billings motel and he has no previous criminal convictions.
Baugh set bond at $10,000, but he agreed to let youth court authorities set a less restrictive custody arrangement if appropriate.
Littlebird is accused of hitting 29-year-old Breanne Ledbetter as she jogged on the sidewalk on Wicks Lane with her 15-month-old son in a stroller. The woman suffered minor injuries to her hand and ankle, and the toddler suffered a broken leg. The boy also suffered possible rib injuries and a concussion.
Lundvall said an investigation by Billings police alleges Littlebird was sending and receiving text messages while driving a 1994 Buick Skylark on Wicks Lane at about 5 p.m. when the car crossed into oncoming traffic. The car swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle and went onto the sidewalk, hitting the woman and her child.
The Skylark continued east and crashed through two fences and went through a yard at the corner of Picador Place and Wicks Lane. It came to a stop in the front yard of a residence at Fantan Street and Wicks Lane.
Officers said the driver attempted to run away when they arrived, but he was caught.
Lundvall said it appears Littlebird does not have a valid driver's license.
Littlebird has yet to be arraigned in Youth Court.
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