ACSO: Parents hitting each other when SUV rolled, killing Kuna girl

MERIDIAN -- The father and stepmother of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in a rollover crash earlier this year are now facing charges in connection to her death.

Investigators say 46-year-old James Barnes and 25-year-old Jordan Jamison got into an argument as they drove 14-year-old Autumn Barnes to school March 31. As the fight between the pair escalated, they began to hit each other as Jamison drove north on Black Cat Road, according to the sheriff's office.

Jamison lost control of the SUV just south of Amity Road. As she tried to steer it back onto the road, the SUV rolled, landing on its roof.

Autumn Barnes, who had been riding in the back seat, was thrown from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

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Paramedics who found the girl on the ground near the wreckage tried to save her life, but her injuries were too severe. She died at the scene.

Jamison - who had to be cut from the crushed vehicle - and James Barnes were both taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

Sheriff's officials say Jamison had methamphetamine in her system when the crash happened.

Both Jamison and James Barnes were arrested Tuesday, nearly eight months to the day after Autumn Barnes' death. They each face one felony count of injury to a child and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.

Deputies collected evidence and performed crash reconstruction and testing before turning the case over to the Ada County Prosecutor's Office in October. The suspects were arrested by the ACTION team Tuesday, the day after warrants were issued.

Court records show Barnes and Jamison filed for divorce two weeks after the crash.

James Barnes is currently free on a $75,000 bond. Jamison was arraigned Wednesday afternoon, and was released on her own recognizance. She is due back in court Dec. 21.

 

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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