Suspect in deadly North Augusta hit-and-run that killed toddler denied bond

Suspect in deadly North Augusta hit-and-run that killed toddler denied bond

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - An Aiken County man is in custody after witnesses say he ran over a toddler at a North Augusta apartment complex.

According to an incident report from North Augusta Public Safety, officers were called out to Conifer Ct. Saturday night for reports that a child had been hit by a vehicle. When they arrived on the scene, the victim's father told police his girlfriend, two children, and he were in the front yard of the apartment on Conifer Ct. when the suspect, 25-year-old Dillon Jesse Hapner, pulled into the yard in his burgundy Chevrolet Avalanche. Hapner reportedly asked if he could borrow an auxiliary cord. After getting the cord, Hapner began to pull away. That's when the victim's father says Hapner ran over the child with his rear wheel. The man says the family began yelling at Hapner and he ran over to the truck, assaulting the suspect. Hapner then reportedly drove away.

Police investigated the scene and found tire tracks with blood and bodily fluids in the yard. Hapner's Avalanche was found at a nearby fast food restaurant a short time later. Surveillance cameras showed Hapner leaving the vehicle in the parking lot and walking away. A witness near the restaurant told police Hapner may be at a home on Beverly Cir. The the help of the Aiken County Bloodhound Team, Hapner was located at the home and taken into custody.

While being questioned by police, Hapner says the victim's father attempted to get him to smoke with or buy weed from him. He says two men approached him and tried to pull him out of the truck. He says one of the men pulled a gun and that's when he sped away, stopping only when he heard the family yelling that he'd hit a child. He says the victim's father attempted to assault him again. Then he sped away,

Hapner is being charged with hit-and-run. He appeared in court Monday, where he was denied bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again in Nov.

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