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Man Turns Himself In For Hit-And-Run That Killed 4-Year Old Girl

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A man has turned himself in for the hit-and-run on Friday evening that killed a 4-year old girl in front of her home in Glendale.

On Saturday evening the Glendale Police Department announced they had arrested 55-year old Shant Badleean of Glendale in connection with the hit-and-run that killed 4-year old Violeta Khachaturyan. According to the press release, Badleean was accompanied by family members when he turned himself in to the police.

Violeta had run out into the street in front of her home on the 1200 block of East Wilson Avenue when she was struck by Badleean. The impact threw the girl in the air and she hit the back of a parked car before landing in the street. "There was nothing the driver could have done. Had he or she stopped, no crime would have been committed," Sergeant Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department told the L.A. Times.

Badleean is now facing a charge of felony hit-and-run.

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"Yesterday we didn't know what color the car was and today we hear something that no one ever thought we would in this short period of time. So of course it's definitely a satisfying feeling from the family," a family friend told NBC 4.

Friends and family have set up an online fundraiser in order to raise funds to help Violeta's parents cover her funeral expenses. The Glendale Police Officers Association is also accept donations on behalf of her family, and is asking that checks be made out to "GPOA Cops for Kids."

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