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A woman accused in the hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy and his dog visited the child’s family after the incident, days before her arrest.

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Jennifer Nicole Miller, 30, of Hampton, was arrested Thursday and remained at the Hampton County Detention Center, WSAV reported. Miller was charged with one count of hit-and-run accident resulting in death, a felony; and one count of hit-and-run accident resulting in injury, a misdemeanor, according to The Island Packet.

Police said Miller was driving the vehicle that struck Ja’Karie Breland and his uncle last weekend in Varnville, WSOC-TV reported.

The boy, who was riding his bicycle while walking the dog, named Sugar, along with the animal, The Augusta Chronicle reported. The child’s uncle, Delante Chisholm, 44, survived and suffered minor injuries, WSAV reported. The incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 5, Varnville Police Chief Tyrone Smith told The Island Packet.

According to EMS and Varnville Police Department reports, Hampton County Emergency Management Division Director Susanne Peeples was in the area with her grandchildren to view the Christmas lights display at the Varnville Gazebo and was the first on the scene, the Chronicle reported. Peeples started CPR on Breland until EMS units arrived.

Breland died on Dec. 6 at a Charleston hospital, according to The Island Packet.

Latrell Davis, the boy’s mother, said she received an “overwhelming” amount of support from friends and neighbors. She told The Island Packet that Miller visited her at the family’s home in Varnville.

“It hurts because my baby is gone, and what hurts even more is that I knew her, and she came to my house,” Davis told the newspaper.

Davis said she and Miller had worked together at a grocery store.

Varnville Police told WSAV they used cameras at a local convenience store to help locate the car involved. Officer said they saw Miller’s car enter the parking lot just before the crash, the television station reported.

On Wednesday, an officer with the Varnville Police Department pulled Miller over for a traffic stop and discovered she was driving with a suspended license for failing to pay traffic citations, The Island Packet reported. They towed her vehicle, and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division collected evidence that led to police obtaining the two warrants for Miller’s arrest.

During a police interview, Miller had “denied hitting the child,” Smith said Friday.

Authorities conducted a full investigation of the car at an area body shop, where enough evidence was obtained to charge Miller, WSAV reported.

A graveside funeral for Ja’Karie was held Saturday at the Antioch Christian Church in Varnville.

“I love Ja’Karie, but God loved him best,” Davis told The Island Packet. “He gave me four years, and those were the best four years. I’ll never take them for granted, and I’m so happy that justice was served for my son.”

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