St. Paul teacher sentenced to 90 days for running over toddler

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A St. Paul teacher whose car struck and injured a 2-year-old while drunk driving was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in Ramsey County jail.

The Star Tribune reports Hamjatta Fofana, 53, has been fined $3,000 and put on probation for two years. Fofana may be eligible to serve the time on home electronic monitoring, under the sentence from Ramsey County District Judge Robyn Millenacker.

In April, Fofana had a blood alcohol concentration of .32 percent, four times the legal limit, an hour after hitting the girl in the parking lot of an East Side apartment building, reports the Star Tribune.

The Pioneer Press reports that according to the criminal complaint, the girl's mother pulled the girl from underneath the vehicle after Fofana struck her, and then he got out of the vehicle and walked off. Police found Fofana at his apartment nearby.

Fofana was charged with criminal vehicular operation and driving while intoxicated, and pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation.

Fofana, who has taught English as a second language in St. Paul since 1993, remains on paid administrative leave, said St. Paul schools spokeswoman Toya Stewart Downey to the Star Tribune. Decisions about Fofana's employment with the district have not been made, she said.

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