Police: Teen Who Hit, Killed Toddler Was Reckless

A Northern Kentucky teenager faces reckless homicide charges in connection with the death of two-year-old Nhiem Jennings.

18-year-old Jeremy Deming appeared in Kenton County Court Monday to enter a not guilty plea.

Covington Police say Deming hit the little boy with his car while Deming was driving along Eastern Avenue in Covington this weekend. The two-year-old suffered massive trauma as a result of the collision and died from his injuries.

Investigators say Deming has admitted to driving 10 mph over the speed limit at the time of the accident. But police say according to Deming's cell phone, he had also just sent a text message just before hitting Nhiem. They say he would've had to have taken his eyes off the road to type the message on his phone.

"So he would've been looking at his phone, not paying attention to the street," Kenton County Chief Prosecutor, Ken Easterling says. "Causing the death of another in a reckless manner."

But that's not the only way Deming was reckless according to Easterling. He says at 10pm, the time of the accident, Deming was driving with his headlights off and was sitting with his seat so far back, it was nearly in the back seat.

Deming is out on bond. A preliminary hearing is set for May 18th.