Driver not the only one charged in hit-and-run and baby death: I-Team

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Video released to the FOX 8 I-Team shows the moment a man turned himself in to face charges for a hit-and-run that led to the death of a baby.

But, the story doesn’t end there.

The hit-and-run driver has been sent to prison, but only for leaving the scene of an accident.

Cuyahoga County prosecutors have charged the father of the baby killed in the crash with involuntary manslaughter.

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Cleveland police body camera video shows driver Roger Darden when he turned himself in to face charges for the crash.

Police said last October he hit a 3-month old baby being pushed in a stroller. Then, he took off. It happened at East 79th Street and Opportunity Corridor.

Darden, now, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for leaving the scene. Meantime, the child’s father faces charges for involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.

Investigators said video showed the father did not look for traffic as he went into the street, and he ignored a sign saying “Do Not Walk.” Plus, investigators found the father did not immediately try to get the child to a hospital.

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Yet, listen to what the father told police in an interview recorded on body camera video.

“I looked both ways to make sure there wasn’t no cars coming,” he said.

He also told police he tried to shield the baby from the oncoming car, but he had no visible injuries.

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