Missouri police officer charged in 4-year-old girl’s death

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A 28-year-old Columbia police officer who struck and
killed a 4-year-old girl outside a school has been charged with involuntary
manslaughter. Andria Heese was charged Monday in the Jan. 4 death of Gabriella
Curry outside Battle High School. The girl’s mother was a bus driver for the
Columbia district and had taken her along on the route that day . Authorities
say Heese drove her police cruiser onto the sidewalk to get a better view of
students boarding the bus when she struck Gabriella. The girl’s parents reached
a $3.4 million settlement with the city and a $125,000 settlement with the
Columbia school district earlier this year.

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