‘He had my baby’: Suspect pulls child from rubble; APD looking for hit & run driver

“He had my baby” suspect pulls child from rubble; APD looking for hit & run driver

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A car that ended up through an Albany apartment and the driver running from the accident scene is under investigation, according to the Albany Police Department (APD).

It happened Sunday in the 2000 block of South Madison Street.

Police responded and saw a man carrying a small child out of the home, according to an APD incident report.

“He had my baby in his arms, telling her it’s gonna be okay and he had my baby and he told me everything’s gonna be okay. Told me to hold her tight and I didn’t know that he had did it at the time, until he had ran out the house.” said Shelkeria Johnson, the mother of three-year-old Serenity Russell.

A White Ford Explorer was overturned inside the apartment.

The report states the child’s mother, Johnson, told police that she was in her daughter’s bedroom when the vehicle went through the wall. The mother also told police that the car and several cinder blocks hit her and her daughter.

“So, I am thankful that he did that for me but I was also angry that he didn’t stay and be a man about it,” Johnson said.

The two were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital but are now in an Atlanta hospital recovering.

Three-year-old Serenity is suffering from a cracked skull, bruised lung and rib cage. Johnson is suffering from a sprained arm and a swelling and a scratched up forehead.

Johnson said the experience definitely shook Serenity up some but she’s starting to come around.

“She’s starting to trust and she’s eating more and she’s talking,” Johnson said. “So, she’s starting to come around.”

Johnson said it’s still unsure when little Serenity gets to come back home to Albany.

Her two other children along with their father were in the house at the time but none of them were hurt.

WALB was told the Red Cross is helping the family.

Police eventually tracked down the owner of the car and were told it was given to a family member.

Greg Kyle Peterson, Jr., 31, is wanted in connection to an Albany hit and run.
Greg Kyle Peterson, Jr., 31, is wanted in connection to an Albany hit and run. (Source: Albany Police Department)

That family member told police he let a friend, later identified as Greg Kyle Peterson, Jr., 31, borrow the car.

Police issued several warrants for Peterson, including hit and run, failure to maintain lane, open container, DUI and failure to report an accident, the incident report states.

Police said they believe Peterson is still in the Albany area.

If you know where 31-year old Greg Kyle Peterson, Jr. is right now, please notify the Albany Police Department....

Posted by Albany Ga Police Department on Monday, December 14, 2020

Anyone with information is asked to call Albany Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS or the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.

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