- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco jury has acquitted a woman of child endangerment charges stemming from allegations she left her 2-year-old niece in a busy crosswalk at night before the girl was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s Office says jurors cleared 26-year-old Loyresha Gage on Wednesday after deliberating for more than a day.

Gage was accused of leaving the girl, Mi’yana Gregory, in the crosswalk last August while drivers had a green light. She went back to get her nephew, who remained on a sidewalk. The girl was struck by a car whose driver has not been found.

Gage’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kevin Mitchell, said prosecutors’ decision to charge Gage compounded an already horrific situation. The district attorney’s office said it respected the jury’s decision.

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