A 16-year-old Skyview student accused of hitting a woman and her toddler with a car appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Youth Court.
Tyrell Littlebird was brought before Judge G. Todd Baugh for a detention hearing. The teenager has been held at the youth detention center 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 a student at Skyview High, but his permanent home address was 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 has no previous 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 while pushing 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 found that Littlebird was sending and receiving text messages while driving a 1994 Buick Skylark on Wicks Lane at about 5 p.m. With his attention diverted, Littlebird's car apparently crossed into oncoming traffic.
When Littlebird swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, the Skylark went onto the sidewalk and hit Ledbetter 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. The car came to a stop in the front yard of a house at Fantan Street and Wicks Lane.
Officers said the driver attempted to run away but was caught.
Lundvall said it appears that Littlebird does not have a valid driver's license.
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