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Woman involved in fatal crash back in DeSoto Co. pled not guilty

18-year-old tied to death of 4-year-old at Arcadia daycare
Posted at 9:22 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-22 15:47:26-04

LEE COUNTY — UPDATE 3/22: Kiara pled not guilty and received a bond amount of 200k; she is now on a supervised
pretrial release and her next court date for her arraignment is set for 4/25.

UPDATE 3/21: Kiara Morant is back in DeSoto County custody as of 11:24 a.m. Monday.

The 18-year-old involved in a fatal crash on an Arcadia daycare's property made her first court appearance Friday.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office says Kiara Morant turned herself in early Friday morning. Over the weekend she was remanded to the Lee County Jail without bond, pending transfer to DeSoto County.

Officials say she was wanted in DeSoto County for two counts of driving without a license and for a crash involving serious injury or death.

Morant was originally arrested for driving without a license on Wednesday night after her car crashed into the Imagination Station Daycare playground in DeSoto County.

Two young girls were injured in the crash, and Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that one of those girls died at the scene.

Morant's criminal history includes one count of petty theft and possession of nicotine products or dispensing devices by a minor.