Mother to be charged in vehicle collision

Phillips expected to turn self in Thursday

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— Police will charge the mother of an eight-year-old boy with endangering the welfare of the child and driving while intoxicated after investigators say she had almost four times the legal limit of blood alcohol content in her system when she crashed her vehicle into a tree, April 18 in Sparta, according to a Sparta Police Department news release.

Anna K. Phillips, 26, will also be charged with fourth-degree aggravated assault by automobile, reckless driving and other related moving violations, according to the release.

The incident occurred around 10:42 p.m., April 18, on Sparta Avenue near the Andover Township border. Phillips lost control of the 2012 Ford Focus she was driving, and according to police, the vehicle left the roadway, striking two utility poles and slammed into a tree.

Phillips and the boy, who were both wearing their seatbelts, were entrapped in the vehicle before emergency personnel removed them from the car, according to police. They were both taken to the Morristown Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Phillips bail is set at $50,000 with a 10 percent option. She is expected to surrender to police with her attorney at 4 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

The boy has been released from the hospital and has been placed in the custody of a family member.

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