Cop charged with murder after ramming car, causing it to flip, killing girl, 11

A state trooper has been charged with murder after allegedly ramming into a family’s car during a pursuit, killing an 11-year-old girl.

Christopher Baldner from New York is facing a second-degree murder charge, along with manslaughter and multiple reckless endangerment charges, after Monica Goods died in December 2020.

Tristan Goods – Monica’s father – was driving with his wife and two daughters to visit relatives for Christmas in Upstate New York.

According to prosecutors, Baldner pepper sprayed the inside of the family’s vehicle, but it is unclear what caused him to do so, NBC New York reports.

State police said that the father then drove off, resulting in a chase, with Baldner allegedly hitting the family’s SUV twice from behind.

The car hit a guardrail and flipped several times, before coming to a rest upside down.

11-year-old Monica was pronounced dead at the scene, with her 12-year-old sister, Christina, seriously injured.

Michelle Surrency, Monica’s mother, said: "She can make anybody laugh, doesn't matter how you feel, and it's sad and it hurts that we don't have that no more. We were robbed. And it's not fair.

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"I just want people to know the fight isn't over. This is just the beginning. You know, I didn't lose one child that day, I lost two because Christina will never be the same."

Attorney General Letitia James said: “Police officers are entrusted to protect and serve, but Trooper Baldner allegedly violated that trust when he used his car as a deadly weapon and killed a young girl.”

But the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, while offering condolences to Goods' family, said the case was not so simple.

Union President, Thomas Mungeer, said in a statement: "We look forward to a review and public release of the facts, including the motorist’s reckless actions that started this chain of events."

Five of the eight counts against Baldner relate to Goods' death and the remaining three are tied to an alleged ramming incident from September 2019.

Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing the family, said: "Clearly this state trooper should've never been on duty at the time of this, clearly there's a pattern here.”

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