by Bernie O'Donnell and Tom George, 13WMAZ.com
Centerville's police chief says charges have been dropped against two of the three women arrested at the Galleria Mall last night.
Chief Sidney Andrews says Rykena Albury and Keoisha Duncan were not involved in the shoplifting that led to a 4-year-old being run over.
He said the child's mother, 25-year-old Arkebia Renarda Albury, still faces multiple charges from his department and the Georgia State Patrol:
- Causing serious injury by motor vehicle
- Failing to stop at an accident with injury
- Driving on a suspended license
- Two counts of child seat-belt violations
- Theft by shoplifting, misdemeanor amount, less than $1,500
- Two counts of child cruelty
- Reckless conduct
Andrews says his investigators believe Rykena Albury and Keoisha Duncan were outside in the car while Arkevia Albury allegedly shoplifted clothes at the Belk's store.
Only Arkevia Albury, who tried to drive away when a store security officer chased her, faces charges in the case, Andrews says.
She allegedly drove over her 4-year-old son, then put him into her car and drove away.
Andrews says Albury left with less than $200 worth of clothing from Belk.
"I think in this situation, what you have here is the party that was involved in leaving the scene was more concerned with getting away and avoiding arrest than the welfare of the child," Andrews said.
State patrol officers stopped her about a mile away, where they found the boy unconscious in the car and arrested Albury.
Her son was reportedly in critical condition at a local hospital.
Albury was denied bond and remains in custody at the Houston County jail.