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I-Team: Mother of child hit and killed by pickup truck indicted on drug charges

Havis's arraignment hearing will be held on January 10.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2018 11:45 AM
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 11:43 AM

According to court documents, Dannielle Havis, the mother of the 12-year-old Jayla Sutton who was hit by a pickup truck and killed just one day after Thanksgiving, was indicted on drug charges in late November.

On July 22, Havis was arrested after a traffic stop in Town Creek. Investigators say they found meth and Suboxone. She was indicted on November 30 for two counts of drug possession, one count of unlawful possession with intent to distribute and two misdemeanor traffic violations for failing to register a vehicle and operating a vehicle without having liability insurance.


Jayla Sutton

The Town Creek Police Chief told WAAY31 during the traffic stop they found meth in Havis' bra and cigarette pack. According to police, she told them she was selling drugs to pay bills.

Havis's arraignment hearing will be held on January 10.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office had gone to Jayla's home numerous times prior to her death because the visually-impaired and disabled child was walking around unsupervised.

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