UPDATE: Driver charged in 4-year-old’s death, multiple alcohol containers found at scene

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UPDATE: December 23, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

A family member has confirmed that Migel Matthew, who is being charged in the death of 4-year-old Christian Redmond, 4, is a family friend.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Redmon

A family member also confirmed that the second woman in the car was the child’s mother and that they had just picked up children from school.

Wichita Falls Police Department officers said both first responders and witnesses who stopped to help said they could smell alcohol on Matthew’s breath, and there was a strong odor of alcohol inside the car.

They said they found multiple open and half-empty 25-ounce cans and bottles of beer and liquor bottles on the ground around the crash site, and one unopened 25 ounce can in the front passenger seat.

The affidavit states the other six occupants all had minor injuries.

More charges could possibly be filed later in this case according to police.

If you would like to assist this family, an account has been set up at First Bank. It is listed as the Christopher Redmond family benefits account, # 4146875.

Donations can be made in person, in the drive-thru, or by transferring funds.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

UPDATE: December 23, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Matthew had a bond of $25,000 and bonded out of jail on Saturday.

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The driver of the car that rolled on Henry S. Grace Friday, killing a four-year-old boy, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

On Friday, December 20 at approximately 1:30 pm, officers with the WFPD were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident on southbound Henry S. Grace at Southwest Pkwy. 

They discovered a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt had rolled multiple times. 

The vehicle had been occupied by two female adults and five juveniles.  Five of the seven occupants were ejected from the vehicle. 

Officials with WFPD said none of the passengers were properly restrained; it is unknown if the driver was wearing a seat belt.

Officers located the deceased body of one of the passengers Christian Redmond, 4, on scene.

All other occupants were transported to the hospital and were reported to be in stable condition.

When officers spoke to the driver, Migel Matthew, 30, they were able to smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. 

According to a press release, officers located in the debris field of the accident multiple open and half-empty cans of an alcoholic beverage.  Also, located in the front passenger area of the vehicle was an unopened can of an alcoholic beverage. 

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While at the hospital one of the passengers stated to officers that Matthew had been consuming alcohol prior to operating the vehicle.

Upon being discharged from the hospital, Matthew was arrested for Intoxication manslaughter and transported to the Wichita County Jail.

Matthew had a bond of $25,000 and bonded out of jail on Saturday.

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