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Mom May Have Had 12 Beers Before Crash That Killed Her Daughter

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(credit: Riverside Sheriff's Department)

(credit: Riverside Sheriff’s Department)

MURRIETA (AP) — A mother charged with murder may have had a dozen beers before a crash that killed her 10-year-old daughter.

Search warrant records filed in Riverside County Superior Court show 41-year-old Karen Faye Honeycutt’s 8-year-old son told investigators that his mother had been drinking a beer and cursing while waiting outside a high school in Temecula to pick up another sibling in January.

Chloe Honeycutt was killed and 17-year-old Charles Williams Jr. was seriously hurt when the speeding Jeep Grand Cherokee spun out of control and struck a light pole.

Court records examined by the Riverside Press-Enterprise shows Honeycutt, whose blood-alcohol reading was nearly three times the legal limit to drive, may have consumed up to 12 beers, based on empty cans found in her Temecula home.

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