10 years in prison for the father who abandoned his injured kids after a crash

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The father who crashed his car last summer, resulting in the paralysis of his 14-year-old daughter and serious injuries to his younger son, was sentenced Monday.

Earl Lionell Ward was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the Pioneer Press reports.

That's the maximum allowed amount, the Star Tribune says.

He pleaded guilty late last year.

Ward was behind the wheel on July 2, when he crashed a van into a St. Paul construction area then fled the scene.

In the car were two of his children: Amarya, the older daughter. and Almond, the son.

When responders arrived to the scene, they found Amarya conscious and breathing with her feet pointed toward the back of the van. She responded to officers, but did not move anything aside from her head.

Her spinal cord was nearly severed, WCCO says, and the station was there when she returned home after a long stay in the hospital. She is paralyzed from the shoulders down.

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The boy was on his back in the front passenger seat, his head near the dashboard. He was conscious and breathing as well, but had a severely broken leg that was protruding through his skin.

He required surgery but has since recovered.

For a detailed look at the charges against Ward, see the Ramsey County criminal complaint filed against him.

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