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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A suburban Dallas police officer who shot and killed a woman last year while firing at a dog was charged Wednesday with criminally negligent homicide, prosecutors said.

A grand jury indicted Ravinder Singh in the August 2019 death of 30-year-old Margarita Brooks, the Tarrant County district attorney’s office said.

At the time of the shooting, Singh was a rookie officer in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. He was placed on administrative leave after the shooting and resigned three months later.

If convicted, Singh could be sentenced to as much as two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

It was unclear if Singh has an attorney. A phone number for him could not be immediately located.

Brooks' family was part of a group that met with President Donald Trump at the White House in June ahead of his signing of an executive order that he said would encourage better police practices. Attorney S. Lee Merritt said Trump told the families there would be federal reviews of their cases, but it's unclear whether that has happened in Brooks' case.

The officer and other emergency workers had been sent to check on Brooks because she appeared to be passed out in a grassy area behind a shopping plaza.

Footage from Singh's body camera showed him walking along a sidewalk and calling out, “Hello. Are you OK?”

The woman replies, “Yeah, I’m fine.” A dog approaches and the officer asks, “Is that your dog?”

As the dog runs toward him, the officer yells, “Get back!” He begins to back up and then fires three shots. The woman screams, “Oh, my God!” and continues to cry out.

People who live or work in the area said they often saw Brooks walking with her boyfriend and a dog, and that the couple appeared to be homeless.

Singh graduated from the police academy in February 2019 and had only been released from supervised duty a month before the shooting, authorities said.

The dog, a Labrador mix that police said weighed about 40 pounds, survived.

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Mother Whose Toddler Overdosed Charged With Neglect

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old woman has been charged in Sauk County with felony child neglect in the overdose death of her 1-year-old daughter.

According to a criminal complaint, the child died in February of 2019 after ingesting a large amount of an anti-depressant medication prescribed to her mother, Mariah Gay.

The woman told investigators the toddler was able to crawl out of her crib and must have done so while she was sleeping. Gay said her daughter apparently pulled her bag containing pills from the top of a dresser onto the floor.

The complaint says a detective who found Gay's room in Spring Green in disarray also discovered three white pills on a pile of children's toys and clothing, the State Journal reported.

The charge against Gay carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and fines of up to $100,000. Gay is scheduled for an initial appearance Oct. 21 in Sauk County Circuit Court. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

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