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MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A family is still frustrated with lingering questions about their 6-year-old hit by a car last October. The Long family sent THV11 chilling surveillance video of the incident.

According to the incident report from Hot Spring County Sheriff's Office, the driver was 37-year-old Misty Bailey. She struck 6-year-old Damien Long while he was on his bike on October 22, 2014. Five days after the incident, October 27, the Sheriff's Office sent their complete report to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, a special prosecutor assigned to the case due to a potential conflict of interest.

Last week, Clark County Prosecutor's Office filed a charge for Careless and Prohibited Driving against Bailey. According to Arkansas Annotated Code 27-51-104, "any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars." In general, there is no jail time associated with this type of charge.

"The charge was based on the investigation and numerous extensive discussions with the family," Batson told THV11.

Clark County Prosecutor's Office conducted its own accident reconstruction as part of an investigation that took place in the six months between the incident and the time the judge issued a warrant for Bailey within the last week.

"Typically these are mandatory court appearances," Batson said. The video, he said, was a very important part of the investigation. Once a warrant is served to Bailey, she will be required to appear before a judge.

Warning: The attached videos could be disturbing to some viewers.

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