Muncie man faces neglect charges after stealing car, crashing into creek with children

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Mug shot of Brent South courtesy of Delaware County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE (January 12, 2015) — Brent South was sentenced to four years in prison.

MUNCIE, Ind. (September 21, 2015) – A Muncie man is now facing child neglect charges after he stole a parked car and crashed it into a creek with children inside the vehicle.

On July 30, Brent South, 27, stole a car in the 2300 block of East Yale Avenue. A 13-year-old girl and an 11-month-old girl were in the car at the time that he stole it.

A short time later he crashed the car into a creek with the two children still inside the vehicle.

South tried to flee the scene, leaving the children behind in a vehicle that was submerged in water.

Police caught South, and he was arrested and charged with residential entry, auto theft, and driving with a controlled substance in his system.

Last week prosecutors added additional charges to the case, including two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, Level 5 felonies.

South’s initial hearing is set for October 26 in Delaware Circuit Court 1.