Lorain: Man arraigned for running over toddler

5:53 PM, Mar 20, 2012   |    comments
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LORAIN -- John Joseph Carter refused to leave his Lorain County jail cell Tuesday and was brought to court strapped to a wheelchair and handcuffed with pink handcuffs.

He appeared before Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok.

Mihok set a preliminary hearing and pre-trial for 1:30 p.m. March 28. He set Carter's bond at $50,000 cash. Carter said he was unemployed.

Mihok appointed an attorney for Carter and said that, should Carter make bond, he will be required to wear a GPS monitor, stay at least 500 feet away from the Charleston Avenue address, and observe a 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. curfew. 

Police say that at 4 p.m. Sunday, Carter backed out of a Charleston Avenue driveway and ran over Miguel "Mikey" Romero.

Carter, 37, was arrested for leaving the scene, driving under suspension, improper backing and aggravated vehicular assault, a felony.

Carter allegedly got out of his car to look at the child and then got back into his car and drove off.

Romero apparently left his house down the street without his babysitter knowing and was behind Carter's car.

Romero is listed in stable condition at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital,


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