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Not guilty plea in child’s death


A 28-year-old Lancaster father charged with killing his 4-year-old daughter and injuring his two other children in a drunken driving crash appeared in court this week, but did not enter a plea.

Kendrick Trevon Harris’s arraignment on one count of murder, two counts each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury, and three counts of child abuse was rescheduled for Sept. 25.

The criminal complaint includes sentence-enhancing allegations that Harris caused great bodily injury to one of the children and willfully caused and permitted another child to suffer great bodily harm and death.

Harris’ children, ages 4, 5 and 9, were in the back seat of his vehicle when it crashed into a pole at the intersection of Avenue K and 20th Street East in Lancaster on July 3.

He is being held on bail of $2.25 million and faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted as charged.