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North Bend woman pleads innocent in daughter's death
By Diana Hefley
For the Valley Record
EVERETT - A North Bend woman pleaded innocent Tuesday, Dec. 18, to vehicular homicide in the death of her 9-year-old child.
Anita Durrett, 42, is still recovering from the accident that killed her daughter, LaDawna, during a chase with Woodinville supermarket employees.
A Snohomish County Superior Court judge released Durrett on her own recognizance. Prosecutors did not push for bail because Durrett is not thought to be a danger to the community or at risk to flee the state, said Kathy Weber, county prosecutor.
The former Lake Washington High School student faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Prosecutors say Durrett walked out of Albertson's on June 9 without paying for $266.16 in groceries. She was confronted by store employees, but managed to drive away.
The store manager asked two employees to follow the woman and use a cell phone to inform police which way she was headed.
Witnesses said Durrett's car was going 70 mph northbound on 75th Avenue Northeast. She passed several cars on the two-lane country road, eventually losing control and slamming her 1978 Ford LTD into a large tree.
LaDawna Durrett was ejected and went partway through the windshield. She died at the scene of massive head and neck injuries.