DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Lithonia man accused of killing a woman and her 3-year old grand-daughter while trying to escape from police, made his first court appearance on Thursday.
Jeremiah Warthen faces nearly a dozen charges from vehicular homicide to drug possession.
"Somebody is going to pay. Somebody's going to answer to why this happened the way that it did," said Zakyia Davis, a family member to the victims.
Dekalb county police say 3-year old Jordan Haynes and 57-year old Alicia Moxley died in the crash. Four other people inside the car were taken to area hospitals with various injuries.
Davis says they are all stable, but in critical condition. She says her nephews, 5-year old Amarie Rogers, 7-year old Zaire Rogers have internal bruises and liver damage.
Her step-father, 56-year old Thaddeus Moxley, is a wounded veteran, and already weak. Her younger sister, 17-year old Amola Moxley, who police say was driving the car, is being treated for several broken bones.
"She has just the hugest gash I've ever seen on her shoulder. It's open. Both her arms, one is broken for sure, the other fractured at least. She has spleen injuries, liver injuries, she has internal bleeding in her stomach," said Davis.
Dekalb county police say around 7pm Wednesday, they tried to stop Jeremiah Warthen near Snapfinger Woods Drive and Wesley Chapel Road.
"As that officer was exiting the vehicle, the driver of that SUV rammed that police unit and sped away from the scene," said police spokesperson Mekka Parish.
Police insist they did not chase Warthen, but instead found him after he crashed into the family's Pontiac Grand AM. Officers say Warthen tried to run away, but they were able to arrest him before he got away again.
Warthen has a long history with police. On probation, at the time of the crash, county records show he has plead guilty and served time for Aggravated Assault, Simple Battery, Pimping, Gun & Drug possession, and Terroristic Threats - all within the past decade.
Police won't say why they initially stopped Warthen, but say they did search a hotel room where he was staying and found drugs inside.
Davis says the family had just gone to pick up the children from daycare.
Davis says her mother has recently graduated from college, going back to school to become a medical assistant. Before that she focused on raising her children and loved to sew.
"I love her. She's a strong woman, I'm so proud to be her daughter. I'm so proud."