Police: Man was on phone when he ran over child

Brad Welch (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Brad Welch (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

WATSON, LA (WAFB) - A man has been charged with negligent homicide stemming from the death of a child in the Lakes at Belle Terre subdivision near Watson, LA.

Sheriff's Deputies say 6-year-old Tyler Myers was run over and killed by Brad Welch's vehicle just before 6:30 p.m. on September 24, 2012.

Myers was rushed to a hospital where he later died.

Deputies say Welch was on his cell phone as he was pulling into the driveway of his home. He told deputies he felt a bump and he got out of his vehicle to find the child lying on the ground behind his car.

During the investigation, deputies determined Welch was distracted by the use of his cell phone that caused him to not see the child. This conduct is criminal negligence.

Welch is currently being held in the Livingston Parish Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.

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