Charges reveal injuries caused to children hit in playground by fleeing SUV driver

A 27-year-old man from Richfield has been charged with 2 felonies and 3 gross misdemeanors.
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Charges against a man accused of hitting two children with his SUV as he fled police have revealed the extent of the injuries they suffered on Monday.

St. Paul 2-year-old Kayden Peltier and his 4-year-old sister Lillianna were playing on the basketball court at Bohanon Park, next to Jenny Lind Elementary School, with their 30-year-old father and two other siblings on Monday.

An SUV allegedly driven by Kabaar Powell Jr., 27, then barreled into the park as he fled chasing police officers, striking the two children before crashing into playground equipment.

A criminal complaint reveals the father had tried to move his children out of the way in the seconds before the SUV struck them and, caused life-threatening injuries.

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Kayden, who was completely run over by the vehicle, had internal damage that required having his spleen removed, as well as suffering brain bleeding, a fractured pelvis and cervical spine fracture.

Lillianna, who was partially run over, had a hematoma on her forehead, abrasions on her hip, chest and elbow, and a hemorrhage between the brain and the tissue covering it.

Their 3-year-old brother Konnor was also hurt, suffering non-life threatening injuries.

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Powell, of Richfield, is facing five charges including two of criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm, after a chase that started when Minnesota state troopers noticed he wasn't wearing a seatbelt and had a revoked driver's license.

A pursuit that ended in the playground started six minutes earlier, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph on residential streets. It has since prompted questions over the situations in which law enforcement should and shouldn't chase a suspect.

After crashing, Powell fled on foot before being arrested. Police found a loaded handgun and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. 

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