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Carly Rousso Pleads Not Guilty in 5-Year-Old's Death

The 18-year-old Highland Park resident who crashed her car into a family on Labor Day, killing a 5-year-old girl, formally denied that she huffed a cleaning product before the crash while in court on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Highland Park resident who crashed her car into a family on Labor Day, killing a 5-year-old girl, formally denied that she huffed a cleaning product before the crash Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento: The Story So Far

Carly Rousso stood quietly in court on Thursday as her lawyer entered not guilty pleas for her charges of reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence, according to NBC Chicago.

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Rousso was driving eastbound on Central Avenue on Labor Day afternoon . Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, 5, was killed.

Toxicology reports indicate that the compound Difluoroethane was detected in Rousso's blood, according to the grand jury indictment. The compound was found in a commercial cleaning product uncovered in Rousso's car, according to Ken LaRue, the Lake County State's Attorney's Traffic Division chief.

If convicted on all charges, Rousso could go to prison for a maximum of 26 years, the Tribune reports. Her trial date has been set for Feb. 1.

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Ari Favela October 25, 2012 at 05:32 PM
And now they are sealing evidence against Carly. Is there no justice for Jaclyn? I guess not, when mommy and daddy are flipping big bucks. To think that Jaclyn's parents came to the US for a better life only to have their daughter murdured by a spoiled rich kid.
SMG November 05, 2012 at 05:23 AM
I hate when class envy comes in the way of intelligent conversation. "Spoiled rich kid?" Seriously.
SMG November 05, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Carly's parents are doing what any parent would do for their child.
Ari Favela November 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM
My sincerest apologies if my lack of compassion and discernment has offended you. Nevertheless, you are correct. What matters is what she is, not what I or anyone else elects to call her as her actions speak louder than words.
Jewel December 24, 2012 at 06:48 AM
You guys DONT know Carly. She is an EXTREMELY loving, caring, wonderful girl to be around. It may not seem so to you people reading about this tragic incident and hating on her(even though you probably don’t know a thing about her or her life)but she was. She cracked the funniest jokes and did the most hilarious things! I know this because I am a close friend. Car is AMAZING. She is fun and I cared about her deeply. In my opinion Carly really does deserve a visit with her grandmother in Arizona. I’m not trying to discount\deny the grief in the Sacramento family. I just wanted to tell you all that she too is a human being with feelings and calling her rude names and trying to put her down is NOT okay. I love you Car and I got your back 101%!

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