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Crawford child dies after car accident


Sarah Fowler



A Crawford toddler died Thursday following a one-car accident that occurred earlier in the week. 


Tanyla Allen, 3, of Crawford, died Thursday at a hospital in Jackson, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. The child died from head trauma, Merchant said. 


Allen was involved in a one-car accident that occurred Tuesday evening around 7 p.m. on Main Street in Crawford. According to Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley, Allen's grandmother, 40-year-old Pamela Harkin, also of Crawford, claims she suffered a seizure and momentarily blacked out, causing her to lose control of her vehicle and flip. The child and the grandmother were transported to Oktibbeha County Hospital by family members in a private vehicle, Merchant said. 


Harkin was treated and released while the child was then airlifted to Jackson. 


Allen died Thursday at approximately 12:30 p.m. 


Carter's Funeral Services is handling the arrangements. They were incomplete as of press time. 


The accident remains under investigation.


Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.



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