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Mom charged in I-85 crash denied bond

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Errika Shelton is wheeled in before a Spartanburg County judge. (Aug. 11, 2012/FOX Carolina) Errika Shelton is wheeled in before a Spartanburg County judge. (Aug. 11, 2012/FOX Carolina)

The Spartanburg mother who deputies said led them on a chase along Interstate 85 and caused a crash that killed her 7-year-old daughter will stay behind bars.

Errika Shelton, 26, is still recovering from injuries she received during Monday's crash. On Saturday,  she was wheeled into a courtroom face a judge and the deputies who arrested her. Shelton's bond was denied and she faces additional charges.

This isn't the first time Shelton's been in trouble with the law. This week's charges add to her extensive criminal history prior to the crash.

"I do consider you to be a danger to the community based on your prior record," said Honorable Judge James F. Ashmore on Saturday. "I will deny your bond at this time."

Spartanburg County Solicitor Barry Barnette said in court that Shelton has run from the law three times and should be considered a danger to the community.

Shelton was charged with being a habitual traffic offender causing death and reckless homicide. The two charges are higher level offenses that the solicitor's office pushed for Saturday.

"We felt like it was appropriate in this case," said Barnette. "This is a perfect example of when it should be used."

Shelton also faces charges of failure to stop for blue lights causing death, unlawful neglect of a child, second offense of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and driving under a suspended license. The most significant charge is failure to stop for blue lights causing death, which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison if she's convicted.

Deputies said they tried to pull Shelton over Monday after they said she improperly changed lanes and followed too close to another vehicle.

Shelton fled deputies for several miles at high speeds before the rental car she was driving flipped, ejecting her 7-year-old daughter, Queniya Shelton, from the car. The child later died from her injuries.

On Wednesday, Shelton's family disputed deputies' decision to chase the vehicle. They attended the bond hearing Saturday, but they did not wish to comment further.

In court Shelton's defense attorney asked the judge to set bond at $150,000. He stated that both of Shelton's legs were broken and Shelton could not drive a vehicle, therefore she should not be considered a flight risk. Shelton's attorney's request was denied.

Shelton's attorney did request that she be allowed to be transported to see her daughter before her funeral Sunday. That decision will be made by officials at the sheriff's office and be kept private for security issues and out of respect for the family.

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