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Man charged with toddler's hit-and-run death a habitual traffic offender

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Updated: 7/02/2013 6:53 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man charged with killing a local toddler in a hit-and-run is in jail after facing a judge.

Sedarus Scott was formally charged Tuesday morning with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving with a suspended license.

Police say Scott should have never been behind the wheel. He's a habitual traffic offender with no license.

"These are a lot of charges," said attorney Dale Scott as he looked over Scott's criminal history.

In his 34 years, Scott has had countless run-ins with the law. Action News dug up his past. He's a convicted felon who's served jail time. And now, he faces even more serious charges for driving off after police say he hit and killed a 2-year-old girl.

It is documented proof that time after time, Scott got behind the wheel of a car when he didn't have a license. He's well known in the system as a habitual traffic offender.

Melissa Bujeda with JSO told Action News the department does everything in its power to keep guys like Scott off the street. She said they arrest habitual traffic offenders daily. But they can't watch everyone.

"It's not something where we can sit in front of their house everyday," she said.

Neighbors of Janya Solomon are angry to learn more about the man who is responsible for claiming her little life.

If convicted, Scott is looking at a minimum of 15 years behind bars. But for folks like Arleshia Hicks, left only with a growing memorial at the place where her life was claimed, she says that isn't enough.

"He needs to be more than off the street. He needs to give his life like he took hers," said Hicks.

Scott will be back in court July 24.
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