Hit-and-run crash suspect to be charged with intoxication manslaughter after 3-year-old dies: Pct. 4

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Charges have been upgraded for a man after a 3-year-old, who was fighting for his life, died as a result of a hit-and-run crash.

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- A 35-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash in Spring that killed a 3-year-old boy and injured his parents is being held in jail on a $1.5 million bond.

Rosendo Gaeta is charged with two counts of intoxication assault, two counts of failure to stop and render aid causing serious bodily injury, and one count of failure to stop and render aid during a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office, he is now facing an intoxication manslaughter charge due to the boy's death. Wednesday night, a prosecutor told a probable cause court hearing officer the upgraded charge will be failure to stop and render aid causing death. ABC13 is awaiting clarification.

Pct. 4 deputies responded to the 5900 block of FM-2920 on Wednesday in reference to a major crash. At the scene, they found two adults and a 3-year-old with injuries.

Deputies said the at-fault driver, later identified as Gaeta, fled the scene on foot after the crash. He was later found a mile away during a canvas of the area.

The driver displayed multiple signs of intoxication when he was detained, Constable Mark Herman said. Court records stated the boy had little to no brain activity.

Thursday, Pct. 4's office announced that the 3-year-old boy died at 12:41 p.m.

Thursday night, as the hearing officer was setting bond, the prosecutor interrupted her and told the court the office intended to re-file a charge since the boy died. Once that happens, Gaeta's bond amount will increase.

"Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time," Herman said in a Facebook post.

Investigators determined Gaeta was speeding when he collided with the victim's vehicle, which was stopped at a red light, Pct. 4 said.

Gaeta has no criminal history.

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