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Camden Man Arrested in Toddler Hit-and-Run

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a Tuesday hit-and-run that left a toddler seriously injured, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Michael Castro, 29 of Camden faces various charges including; Causing Serious Bodily Injury While Driving on a Suspended License, Endangering an Injured Victim, Hindering Apprehension and Leaving the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Accident Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.

Authorities say the child ran into the street near the 400 block of 27th Street around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday. It’s believed that Castro tried unsucessfully to avoid hitting the child.

Once the victim was struck, it’s alleged that Castro drove away from the scene, abandoning his Buick Park Avenue vehicle after removing the temporary tag from the car before leaving it. The vehicle was left at 31st and Harrison streets, authorities said.

The two-year-old victim is currently at Cooper Hospital in Camden in critical but stable condition.

Castro is being held on $40,000 bail at Camden County Jail.

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