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Body camera video, testimony reveal new info in crash that killed woman, girl

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Police body camera video and testimony is revealing new information regarding a horrific crash that claimed the lives of a woman and her granddaughter.

Callie Schwarzman, 22, is charged with negligent manslaughter and DUI. She had a motion's hearing Wednesday to suppress evidence. The judge ultimately decided to allow the defendant's statement to police and blood tests for substance use.

Baltimore County police bodycam video played in circuit court Wednesday revealed numerous statements Schwarzman made to police immediately after the July 23, 2018, crash that killed Deborah Limmer and her 5-year-old granddaughter, Delaney Gaddis.

Schwarzman told officers she had just left her boyfriend's apartment and that she had an appointment at a methadone clinic. She started taking the medication four days before and missed two days' doses.

In the body camera video, Schwarzman said she tried to make a right turn: "My power steering went out ... I hit the brakes and the car started sliding. I couldn't turn away from them. I tried to pull to the side."

In several police body camera videos, Schwarzman is seen crying, sometimes uncontrollably, asking about the girl. She questioned police and paramedics and her mother, who arrived at the scene later.

"How' s the kid? I'm fine," Schwarzman said in the video.

She was taken to a hospital to get blood drawn to detect alcohol or drug use.

Officer: "The people you struck were killed."

Schwarzman: "No, both of them? Oh my God. Am I going to jail? I am completely sober. It's an honest accident. Give me a minute. Am I going to jail?"

Officer: "You are not going to jail today."

She then explained to her mother in the back of an ambulance, "I killed a little girl," the body camera video shows.

Court testimony indicates officers and emergency medical technicians believed Schwarzman didn't suffer physical injuries, but medics wanted to take her to the hospital to check her for withdrawal symptoms and provide counseling.

Schwarzman protested, saying on the body camera video, "I don't want to go to the hospital. I want to stay home with my mother."

Schwarzman admitted drug and alcohol use the day before the crash. Police found wine bottles and heroin paraphernalia in her car. Her blood-alcohol test read zero. There was no testimony Wednesday on drug test results.

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