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Neely Dinkins, Drunk Driver Who Fatally Dragged Baby Girl One Mile to His Long Beach Home, Gets 36 Years

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Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 4:25 PM

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In one of the more heinous crimes we've ever come across, a drunk driver hit and dragged a baby girl in her toy wagon all the way to his home. She died.

Now the man, 35-year-old Neely Lejon Dinkins, will be dragged through the state prison system, but maybe for not as long as you'd like.

He was sentenced today to nearly 37 years behind bars, the District Attorney's office announced.

Dinkins had a strike on his record -- a 1994 robbery conviction -- prosecutors say.

The collision happened Sept. 11, 2009, when authorities said he ran into the wagon on Redondo Avenue 10th Street in Long Beach.

Kaylee Alvarez, 1, and brother Oscar, 2, were being pulled across the street by their parents when Dinkins struck.

Both were dragged for a half block by Dinkins' SUV before the boy was able to roll out when the driver stopped momentarily. The toddler survived. He continued on, dragging the girl all the way to his Long Beach home a mile away.

For that he was convicted of "second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence with injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of more than .08 with injury and leaving the scene of an accident," according to the D.A.

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