ARKEBIA RENARDA ALBURY, age 26, was sentenced on November 24, 2014, in Houston County Superior Court for one count of Serious Injury by Vehicle and one count of Failure to Stop and Return to the Scene of an Accident. Judge George F. Nunn, Jr. sentenced Albury to 20 years requiring that she serve 9 years in the state penitentiary followed by 11 years on probation.
The charges in this case stem from a May 23, 2013 incident where Ms. Albury fled the Centerville Mall after attempts to detain her for shoplifting failed. She neglected to place her six year old son (four years old at the time of this incident) into her vehicle and believed he had climbed inside. As she attempted to flee the scene, she struck her son with her vehicle running over him. As a result he suffered skull fractures, a lacerated liver, and other injuries. Ms. Albury then placed her son inside the vehicle and fled the scene until she pulled over a few miles away. Local law enforcement immediately provided medical attention and Ms. Albury’s son was transported to the Houston County Medical Center.
Arkebia Albury was prosecuted by Houston County Assistant District Attorney Greg Winters.
COMMENTS FROM ADA WINTERS: “The fact that Ms. Albury would take her children with her to commit a crime is not only senseless, it is selfish. As a result of her actions her son was seriously injured, almost losing his life. She is going to prison because she placed her wants and desires over the best interest of her children. As a result her son has suffered, and will continue to suffer, greatly. I can only hope and pray that he can recover from his injuries and hopefully be able to live a productive life.
I would like to thank lead Investigator Phillip Pritchett and the Centerville Police Department for their work on this case. I also wish to acknowledge EMS and Fire Personnel with swift action in providing care and medical aid for the victim. Without their work a life may have been lost.”
COMMENTS FROM DA HARTWIG: “I believe the number one responsibility parents have is the protection of their children. The senseless acts perpetrated by Ms. Albury have left a child seriously injured and without his mother. My thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers. Crimes that threaten our community, especially children in our community, will not go unpunished. My office will continue to seek a full measure of justice for all those who are victims and the people of Houston County.”