Deputies: Greenville mom hit, killed toddler in July - FOX Carolina 21

Deputies: Greenville mom hit, killed toddler in July

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Rina Padilla-Mencia (Greenville Co. Detention Center) Rina Padilla-Mencia (Greenville Co. Detention Center)
Deputies and trooper investigate after a child was hit and killed by a car. (July 30, 2012/FOX Carolina) Deputies and trooper investigate after a child was hit and killed by a car. (July 30, 2012/FOX Carolina)

Deputies said a Greenville woman who hit and killed her 15-month-old daughter in July was arrested Wednesday night.

FOX Carolina received word from family friends that Rina Padilla-Mencia was arrested, which Greenville County deputies confirmed Thursday morning. Authorities said Padilla-Mencia was charged with homicide by child abuse and was denied bond.

Deputies said they received calls that Padilla-Mencia's 15-month-old daughter Yoely Padilla had been run over on July 30 in front of her family's Saluda Dam Road home inside the Riverview Mobile Home Park II.

Upon further investigation, deputies said Padilla-Mencia was leaving their mobile home and had not made arrangements for someone to take care of the toddler when the girl was able to get into the road where she was hit by Padilla-Mencia.

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Deputies had been called to Padilla-Mencia's home on July 21 about a possible child neglect report after Padilla-Mencia said she did not know where her 5-year-old child was.

That child was found a short time later, but investigators said they learned there had been several times when Padilla-Mencia did not have proper supervision for her children.

The day of the accident, Padilla-Mencia spoke with FOX Carolina and said, "I went to the store. I told my sister, 'I'm leaving my kids with you. I will be right back because it's too hot.' It was just five minutes away from home."

"I just want justice against the person who killed my daughter," Padilla-Mencia told FOX Carolina. She said one of her other children saw a blue car hit Yoely. She also said investigators took her blue SUV and her ex-husband's white SUV into evidence.

The week of the girl's death, the coroner ruled it accidental, caused by blunt-force trauma. On Thursday, the coroner said her manner of death is still considered accidental.

Following the death, Padilla-Mencia's children were taken into Department of Social Services' protective custody.

The case was investigated by the sheriff's office and was sent to DSS for review.

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