UPDATE: According to the Lawrence County Sheriff, Gene Mitchell, there was a welfare check on Jayla Sutton on November 22, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.
A neighbor called 911 and said that Jayla had walked across the street to the neighbors house. A deputy came out and contacted the Department of Human Resources. This incident happened before Jayla walked away and was hit. The sheriff's office said they are not currently investigating Jayla's mother for negligence.
The Lawrence County Coroner, Greg Randolph, has identified the child killed Friday morning as 12-year-old Jayla Sutton of Hatton. Randolph also confirmed to WAAY 31 Sutton was special needs and was hit by a pickup truck around three miles from her home on County Road 136.
The coroner said Sutton's cause of death was due to blunt force trauma. Sutton died on the scene at Alabama Highway 157, eight miles north of Moulton. Her family was unaware she had left home, Randolph said.
The crash happened just before 1 Friday morning. Randolph said it took authorities a little while to confirm Sutton's identity because she did not have a form of identification on her at the time.
WAAY 31 is working on reaching out to Alabama State Troopers to see if the driver involved could face any possible charges.
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