One-year-old struck by vehicle in critical condition

A 50-year-old man accused of backing a vehicle over his 1-year-old granddaughter at his Orchard Mesa home on Saturday night had been drinking alcohol and failed roadside maneuvers, according to an arrest affidavit.

One-year-old Paytonn Garlick was listed in critical condition at St. Mary’s Hospital on Monday afternoon, according to spokeswoman Samantha Moe.

Anthony Woods of 2799 Unaweep Ave., who was arrested in connection with the incident, is free on $3,000 bond. He is suspected of vehicular assault, DUI and careless driving causing injury.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jeremy Woods told police he and Anthony Woods had each been drinking from four to six Pabst Blue Ribbon beers in two to three hours while they were working on the transmission of a 1982 Jeep Cherokee Laredo in the garage. The affidavit did not identify the relationship between Jeremy Woods and Anthony Woods, nor if Jeremy Woods is related to the injured girl.

After they changed the transmission fluid, Anthony Woods backed the vehicle out of the garage and that’s when Jeremy Woods saw the infant lying on the ground in front of the vehicle’s passenger side tires. Jeremy Woods checked on the infant, and she was not breathing, so he called 911, the affidavit said.

The infant’s mother, Candy Woods, was in the home during the time of the incident, and had earlier put the child down to sleep in a back room. Candy Woods told police that although she didn’t hear the screen door open, her child may have exited the home out of that door, which the infant had opened in the past, the affidavit said.

Anthony Woods was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol content, but the results are not yet available.

Anthony Woods returns to court Thursday for a formal filing of charges.


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