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7-year-old survivor of Tuesday crash is home with shaken family

By Nayana Davis and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

8:04 PM EDT, May 29, 2014

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Hours after being released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, 7-year-old Nevaeh Green sat on her mother's lap at a relative's house, fidgeting with a plastic baggie. The girl remained too shaken up to talk about what had happened two nights earlier

On Tuesday, Nevaeh was the lone surviving victim after Baltimore police say a 28-year-old woman purposefully drove her vehicle onto a sidewalk in the 1900 block of W. Franklin St. toward a woman she had been arguing with. In the process, she also hit Nevaeh and a 2-year-old boy.

Shanedra Hughes, 27, hugged Nevaeh tightly as she tearfully recalled pulling her daughter from the bottom of a stairwell where she and the others were thrown by the crash.

"It was so scary," Hughes said. "She just was lying down there looking lifeless."

Homicide detectives have charged Lucresha Mints with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Joshua Carter Jr., 2, and Latoya Skipwith, 25. She also faces one count of attempted murder for allegedly driving at Nevaeh.

Before her arrest, police said, an officer had located Mints' banged-up Acura near the Poe Homes housing project.

Mints was being held without bond. No attorney for her is listed in court records, and relatives at a home in Windsor Mills declined to speak to a reporter. A bail review hearing was slated for Friday.

The charges are the latest for Mints, who earlier this month was charged with stomping and kicking a 12-year-old girl, a charge for which she was free on $100,000 bail.

According to charging documents in that earlier case, the 12-year-old girl was in a dispute with Mints' daughter and her two nieces. On May 4, after the girl got into an argument with the nieces in the 2100 block of W. Saratoga St., a car pulled up and Mints, her daughter and another woman jumped out and started hitting and kicking the girl, police said.

Police said Mints kicked the girl in the face and stomped her nose, causing bruising and swelling, according to court documents. Mints was taken into custody on May 10 and held on the $100,000 bond, which she was able to post that day and was released.

Those charges are pending. Another woman, Kia Mints Crim, is also facing one count of second-degree assault in connection that incident. She could not be reached for comment.

Miesha Cooper, the mother of the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly attacked, said she knows the grandmother of Joshua Carter Jr. and visited the Franklin Street crash site, where they hugged and prayed together.

She said her daughter has been "in a shell," imagining that it could have been her that got run down.

"I feel like the justice system failed that baby," Cooper said of Carter Jr.

In November 2012, Baltimore police posted to Twitter a picture of Mints and said she was being sought for attempted murder. It was a relatively rare step — the agency seeks criminal suspects daily, yet asks the public's help in finding them only in special circumstances.

But no record of Mints being charged with attempted murder appears in online court records. Police and prosecutors were unable to explain the disparity on Thursday.

Relatives of the victims from the Franklin Street incident remained bewildered. Hughes said her daughter suffered three cuts on her right ear and abrasions on both hands, and she remembers her saying, "Don't let me die."

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," Hughes said. "I couldn't believe she would deliberately go up on the curb like that and hit them."

Cameron Mcdowell's voice cracked as he reminisced about his cousin Skipwith, whom he had affectionately nicknamed "Midget" for her small stature. The two, who were the same age, "did everything together," he said.

"Latoya loved her family," he said. "She had a lot going on in her life. It should have been me instead."

Mcdowell also mourned his young nephew Carter, who was his sister's son.

"He had barely begun to live," he said. "I still can't believe he's gone."

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com