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Mother had BAC of .22 during crash that killed son, 6

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A mother of that was behind the wheel during a crash last month that killed her six-year-old son was more than twice the legal limit to drive.

The Fairmont Sentinel reports 26-year-old Alicia Marie Tapia of Fairmont is facing eight counts of criminal vehicular homicide, six of them stem from alcohol being involved.

On March 3, emergency responders were called to the crash on Highway 4 around 8 a.m. The SUV Tapia was driving was found in a ditch. Two of three children, a 4-year-old Tejan Tapia and 6-year-old Amonte King, were ejected from the vehicle.

Amonte was pronounced dead at the scene. Tejan was taken to the hospital with a concussion and skull fracture.

Nine-year-old Yesenia Tapia had been wearing her seat belt and only suffered minor injuries.

Tapia told investigators she was traveling from a friend's home in Dunnell, about 20 miles west of Fairmont, where she was babysitting the night before and admitted to drinking, but didn't know how much. She said the parents of the children she was watching came home at 1 a.m. and she decided to stay the night.

When she woke up the next morning, she gathered her children and left.

Investigators determined the SUV was traveling over 80 miles an hour before the crash. A blood test shows Tapia, who was also seriously hurt, had a blood-alcohol content of .22. The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is .08.

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