The Herald Bulletin

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June 6, 2014

Police still looking for suspect who hit and left 18-month-old girl

ANDERSON — Police are still seeking clues and a suspect in connection with a May 30 hit-and-run incident that injured an 18-month-old girl.

As of Friday, the best lead Anderson police have is that the suspect was believed to be driving a brown truck. Samantha Ball, the mother of 18-month-old Ambriel Arrendale, said she wants justice for her daughter, who is still recovering from the injuries she suffered. Ball said she's offering $1,000 for anyone who can provide information which would lead to the arrest of the driver.

"They ran away because something was wrong," Ball said. "They were either wanted, or on probation, or drunk or something like that. Nobody leaves an injured baby in the road."

According to Ball and APD public information officer Joel Sandefur, the toddler and her brother, 4-year-old Ryan Arrendale, were visiting at a neighbor's home in the area and somehow slipped outside without adults knowing. Shortly after, while the two were playing in the street, a vehicle hit the girl and sent her flying forward and onto the pavement. The vehicle, which the boy described as a brown truck, then sped off. No other details about the truck are known by authorities.

"We had just finished cleaning the house when my son came running in the house saying, 'Sissy got hit by a brown truck,'" Ball said. "I ran outside and found her laying on the ground."

Ball rushed her daughter to Community Hospital Anderson, and from there she was transferred to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. She suffered a broken jaw and injuries to her head and face. Ball said Ambriel is back at home and recovering but up and playing as if nothing happened. She said it's miraculous her daughter wasn't more seriously injured. Still, her daughter has been placed on a liquid diet and isn't completely back to her old self.

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