Mother killed, kids hurt, after shoplifters crash

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

HOUSTON (AP) - A 20-year-old woman has been charged with murder after her car being pursued by police who suspected her in a shoplifting incident slammed into another car at a Houston intersection, killing a woman and seriously injuring her three children.

Shiquinta Franklin was held in jail Friday on $50,000 bond.

The chase began Thursday afternoon outside a shopping mall in suburban Humble and ended miles later in northeast Houston when her fleeing vehicle ran a red light and crashed.

The 43-year-old woman in the struck car was dead at the scene. Her children are hospitalized.

Police say Franklin and two female companions tried to run away on foot but were caught.

Names of the others involved have not been immediately released. Online court records did not list an attorney for Franklin.

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