WATCH: Man Accused of Killing 11-Year-Old Girl in Hit-and-Run Faces Judge; Fight Breaks Out After Hearing - NECN


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WATCH: Man Accused of Killing 11-Year-Old Girl in Hit-and-Run Faces Judge; Fight Breaks Out After Hearing



    Brawl After Arraignment in Hit-and-Run That Killed Child

    A fight broke out Monday outside a courthouse in Lawrence, Massachusetts, after a man was arraigned in the hit-and-run crash that left an 11-year-old girl dead.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 11, 2017)

    Disclaimer: The attached video may contain language that might be considered inappropriate for some viewers.

    A fight broke outside of Massachusetts courthouse on Monday following the arraignment of a man accused of fleeing the scene after fatally hitting an 11-year-old girl who was walking in a crosswalk with her stepfather last week.

    Steven Toro, 22, of Lawrence, was arrested at home Saturday on six charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal crash and vehicular homicide, in connection with Jaydee Soto's death on Thursday.

    A judge set his bail at $50,000 on Monday. Jaydee Soto's family, unhappy with the bail conditions, took matters into their own hands, racing to confront Toro's family outside of the courtroom. Court officers wound up having to separate sides in a fight that ensued.

    Families Clash After Arraignment in Deadly Hit-and-Run

    [NECN] Families Clash After Arraignment in Deadly Hit-and-Run

    Family members of the 11-year-old girl killed in a hit-and-run crash were involved in a brawl with family members of the suspect outside a courthouse in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 11, 2017)

    "I mean, $50,000 bail?" family friend Kelley Frazier asked. "What is that?"

    Frazier says the family wanted more accountability from Toro, and that the court failed to give them that.

    "They believed in the justice system to help them put somebody away that did this," Frazier said. "This little girl did not deserve to die."

    Police took at least one person into custody and another to the hospital.

    Court documents show that Toro was tracked down after an anonymous tip came in that originally identified the suspect as his brother. However, after checking with Toro's mother in New Bedford, investigators learned that Toro's brother is attending college in Minnesota at the time of the hit-and-run and had not been in Massachusetts for more than a month.

    Toro's mother then allegedly confessed to a Methuen officer that it was her other son who was behind the wheel of the car and that he called her after the fatal crash saying that he was too scared to turn himself in.

    Man Arrested For Fatal Hit-and-Run

    [NECN] Man in Custody For Fatal Hit-and-Run

    A 22-year-old Lawrence, Massachusetts man is in custody Saturday night after a tip from the public led to his arrest for the hit-and-run death of 11-year-old Jaydee Soto in Methuen, Mass. on Thursday.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017)

    He is scheduled to return to court next month.

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