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Family Of 4-Year-Old Critically Injured By Motorcycle Relieved To Hear Of Arrest

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Family and friends of a 4-year-old boy, who suffered critical injuries after a motorcycle ran him over, are relieved to hear news that a man has been arrested and charged in connection with the crash.

Earnest Jonas, 25, was arrested Sunday at a hotel in Shakopee. He was charged Monday in Ramsey County.

Tyrell Baymon was holding his mom’s hand on Lafond Avenue Saturday on his way to celebrate his fourth birthday at Como Park when the motorcycle slammed into him.

Baymon’s aunt, Teairra Scroggins, says it’s been a difficult time for the family.

“I just hope he gets what he deserves,” she said. “I don’t feel that he should hit my nephew and just keep going. And then he was found in Shakopee and trying to get away.”

Gloria Phillips is another of Tyrell’s aunts.

“He’s a bundle of joy,” she said, describing Baymon.

Baymon is in critical condition at Gillette Children’s Hospital.

Phillips says he is squeezing his mom’s hand.

“He’s a fighter and we know that with all the prayers, he’s going to pull through, he’s going to make a recovery,” she said.

The family is also grateful to the community, which police said reported a number of tips that led to the Jonas’ arrest.

“We are grateful and we thank everyone,” she said. “We are so thankful. Everybody played a part in finding this guy.”

Tyrell has a skull fracture and broken ribs.

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