Charlotte man sentenced for suicide attempt with child

Derrick Summers' 2-year-old girl (Photo courtesy, WSOC)

Derrick Summers' 2-year-old girl (Photo courtesy, WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Charlotte man has been sentenced to at least nine years in prison after police say he tried to kill himself on Interstate 77 while carrying his 2-year-old daughter.

Police say 30-year-old Derrick Summers walked into traffic Jan. 15.

Summers pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted first-degree murder. He was sentenced to between nine and 12 years in prison.

Summers was hit by a vehicle, and he and his daughter suffered serious injuries. Prosecutors said Wednesday the girl is still recovering.

Authorities said Summers was trying to kill himself. Prosecutors said he had sent a text message to people earlier in the day saying he intended to kill himself and his daughter.

The child’s mother had filed a restraining order against Summers earlier that month.

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