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Bond set for parents in accident that killed toddler

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Wednesday morning North Charleston Police charged Tyrone and Amanda Hicks with the death of their toddler. Wednesday morning North Charleston Police charged Tyrone and Amanda Hicks with the death of their toddler.
The deadly crash in North Charleston took the life of 3-year-old Tylia Hicks. The deadly crash in North Charleston took the life of 3-year-old Tylia Hicks.

Tyrone and Amanda Hicks faced a bond court judge Wednesday night for their role in their 3-year-old's death.

Tyrone Hicks was given a total of $80,000 bond for one count of unlawful conduct towards a child and one count of reckless homicide. Amanda Hicks was released on her own recognizance for one charge of unlawful conduct towards a child.

Authorities say Tyrone was driving a truck down Spruill Avenue back on March 25th when he hit a car as he tried to pass it, hit a utility pole and then slammed into a tree.

According to the report, 3-year-old Tylia Hicks was thrown out of the car. She later died from blunt force trauma at MUSC. Police say the toddler's car seat was too big for her, and the seat was not buckled correctly.

Reporting officers say they found a cold, open can of beer, a pill bottle filled with a green plant that tested positive for THC, and a scale was found in the center console that tested positive for cocaine.

Tylia's mother lost control of her emotions when she faced the judge in a wheelchair Wednesday night.

"Losing my baby is really hard to begin with on top of everything else," Amanda Hicks said. "I just want you take those things into consideration, please sir."

The toddler's father was also emotional during the bond hearing, which lasted less than ten minutes. Tryone Hicks asked the judge to give him a lighter bond so he can be home with his family.

"I'm just telling you be lenient with me for my family," he said .

Also present during the court hearing were Amanda's father and a family friend. The family friend briefly spoke during the hearing. News 2 asked the father and the friend if they had any comment on this case, but they only responded with, "the family needs prayer."

Amanda and Tyrone Hicks will return to court on July 19th and again on September 27th. Tyrone Hicks will be placed under 24 hours of house arrest until his court appearances.

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