DELAND, FL – Two children and their mom were injured when detectives say they were deliberately struck by the family’s car, being driven by the mother’s boyfriend, at a DeLand gas station Thursday afternoon. The driver, Nicholas Shaw, 29, was arrested at the scene.
According to authorities, the family was returning to their home in Stuart when they stopped at the BP gas station at 2801 E. New York Avenue in DeLand, next to the Budget Inn. The children’s 30-year-old mother told Volusia sheriff’s deputies she and Shaw had been arguing while traveling and the argument continued at the gas station.
As the mother was holding her three-year-old daughter and her 10-year-old daughter who stood next to her, the mom was trying to retrieve her infant son from their gold Concord LX. Shaw yelled at the woman, “You’re not going to take my son.”
According to detectives, Shaw could see that the three were in the path of the car when he shifted the vehicle in reverse and accelerated, striking all three victims with the back passenger door, knocking them to the ground. After knocking them over, he continued to accelerate the car, running the younger girl over with a tire. He continued to drive with the infant in the car and left the scene, but returned shortly.
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The girls each sustained scrapes and possible spinal injuries and were transported by EVAC ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, along with their mom and the baby. According to authorities, the injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Shaw was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, neglect of a child and leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Shaw is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail with no bail allowed, pending a court appearance.