Jacklyn Smith Charged With Reckless Homicide in Daughter’s Death

A Piedmont woman has been charged with reckless homicide in connection with the car accident that killed her 2-year-old daughter earlier this month. Jacklyn Vannessa Smith, 21, turned herself in at the Greenville County Detention Center today.  According to Greenville Police:

Smith was driving her 1997 Honda on November 3, with 4 other passengers.  Two of those included her own two children.  According to reports, one or more of the children were not properly restrained.  Officers say Smith ran a red light, and was struck by another car, and her infant was thrown from the vehicle. Her 2 year old daughter, Destiny, was crushed in the door. Destiny died later, as a result of her injuries.

Jacklyn Vannessa Smith charged with reckless homicide in toddler's deathIn addition to the reckless homicide charge, Jacklyn Smith is charged with disregard of a sign or signal, two counts of child restraint violation, and one seatbelt violation. She is being held on a $2,500 bond and could face up to ten years in prison.

Greenville Dragnet applauds the Greenville Police for pursuing charges in this awful case.  Being a mother involves so much more than sharing DNA or scrawling one’s signature on adoption papers.  But even heartfelt love and affection can’t make up for irresponsibility and negligence, and all it takes is one screw-up for the tragic loss of a child to occur.

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