Girl, 1, ‘struck and killed by drunk uncle on her mom’s driveway’

Anthony J. Goose, 28, was arrested Sunday after allegedly running over his 1 1/2-year-old niece and fleeing the scene

Anthony J. Goose, 28, was arrested Sunday after allegedly running over his 1 1/2-year-old niece and fleeing the scene

Anthony J. Goose, 28, was arrested Sunday after allegedly running over his 1 1/2-year-old niece and fleeing the scene

A one year-old girl was struck and killed by her drunk uncle who was on probation for careless driving had his license suspended, sheriff’s deputies say. 

Anthony J. Goose, 28, from Walker, Minnesota, had been visiting his niece, Vivian ‘Vivi’ Staples in Shingobee Township, when he backed up and hit her just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, Cass County Sheriff’s Office says. 

Vivian had been playing in the driveway with a friend, her mother, Vanessa Goose, told the Star Tribune, when her brother, Anthony, stopped by. Vanessa said Goose ‘was playing with her at first. Then he said he was leaving.’

Vivian was behind her uncle’s truck when he pulled out , according to Vanessa, who added: ‘The way he pulled out was careless.’

Police arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, but Anthony had left the scene. 

The officers immediately began performing life-saving measures, according to a news release, which continued as Vivian was taken to a medical helicopter to be flown off for further treatment. But she died en route to the air ambulance. 

Vanessa Goose, left, told the Star Tribune that Anthony stopped by her house in Walker, Minnesota, to play with Vivian, right, before he pulled out of the driveway recklessly

Vanessa Goose, left, told the Star Tribune that Anthony stopped by her house in Walker, Minnesota, to play with Vivian, right, before he pulled out of the driveway recklessly

Vanessa Goose, left, told the Star Tribune that Anthony stopped by her house in Walker, Minnesota, to play with Vivian, right, before he pulled out of the driveway recklessly

Vivian was described as a fun-loving toddler who loved cartoons, especially Mickey Mouse, and 'loved to dance to the music.' Her uncle faces a homicide charge over her death

Vivian was described as a fun-loving toddler who loved cartoons, especially Mickey Mouse, and 'loved to dance to the music.' Her uncle faces a homicide charge over her death

Vivian was described as a fun-loving toddler who loved cartoons, especially Mickey Mouse, and ‘loved to dance to the music.’ Her uncle faces a homicide charge over her death 

DailyMail.com has reached out to Vivian’s family for further comment about the events leading up to the toddler’s tragic death.

By the time Goose returned to the house, Vanessa told the Star Tribune, ‘he acted like he didn’t know what happened.’

Goose had a blood alcohol level above the 0.08 legal limit, the sheriff’s office said, and he was arrested on criminal vehicular homicide charges. He was booked in to Cass County Jail afterwards.  

DailyMail.com has contacted the jail to find out whether Goose has been charged, when he is due in court, and what his bond was set at.  

The Department of Public Safety told the Star Tribune that Anthony had a revoked license at the time of the hit-and-run.

He had been cited on March 12 for careless driving and was imprisoned on March 25. A Beltrami District Judge sentenced him to 45 days in hail, but later cut 27 days off that term, allowing Goose to be released on April 13 rather than May 9. 

Anthony had also ben arrested in December for drunk driving, the Star Tribune reports. He had a blood alcohol level at 0.16 per cent, double that of the legal limit, while he was driving his 10-year-old daughter, according to a criminal complaint.

Paying tribute to Vivian, Vanessa remembered how her daughter, ‘loved to play with her sisters and my brothers and my boyfriend.’

She loved cartoon characters, especially Mickey Mouse, Vanessa said, and ‘loved to dance to the music.’

An autopsy on Vivian has also been scheduled to determine exactly how she died. 

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