Woman who runs over toddler dragged from SUV, beaten

A 53-year-old woman who struck and killed a toddler in Florida was later dragged from her SUV and beaten, deputies said. 

A Broward Sheriff's Office news release says 22-month-old Neallie Junior Saxon III was playing with other children in a Deerfield Beach neighborhood Sunday afternoon when he chased a ball into the street.

A 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by Mirlande Mardice, struck the boy, knocking him to the pavement.

Police say Mardice was going the speed limit but possibly distracted by other children in the street.

Witnesses told deputies that the children often play outside without adult supervision and that no adults were outside on this occasion, according to an incident report. 

Detectives believe that a ball rolled out or was thrown out of the yard, which prompted the children to chase it onto the street. 

Deputies say Mardice apparently was unaware of what had happened and that since Neallie was shorter than Mardice's bumper, it is unlikely that he would have been visible to her.

When she stopped at a nearby stop sign, two unidentified people pulled her from the SUV and began hitting her face. 

They kept hitting her face until deputies arrived, according to an incident report, and left the scene soon after.

Neallie was airlifted to a Fort Lauderdale hospital, where he died.

Detectives are investigating child's death and the beating.

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