Though Judy Schneider is grieving the loss of her daughter and granddaughter who were killed in an alleged hit-and-run in Wisconsin, she said the two "needed to be together".
The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office said he is being held on four counts of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, four counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, four counts of hit-and-run involving death and one count of hit-and-run involving great bodily harm.
Police say 21-year-old Colten Treu (TROO) had been inhaling chemical vapors before crashing his truck into the group as they picked up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway in Lake Hallie.
They have been identified as Jayna Kelley, 9, of Lake Hallie, Autumn Helgeson, 10, of Lake Hallie and Haylee Hinkle, 10, of Lafayette.
A 10-year-old girl has been taken into custody over the murder of a six-month-old baby.
Accompanied by her parents, the girl buried her head in her mother's arms, moaning and crying throughout a 10-minute bond hearing Monday in Chippewa County Circuit Court, according to the Star Tribune.
Judge James Isaacson ordered a $50,000 cash bond, calling it "an appropriate resolution", while adding that a lot would happen in the ensuing 48 hours in determining where the girl will be placed.
According to Kowalczyk, the girl said she was holding the baby when she dropped the infant, who hit his head on a footstool. He surrendered to authorities Saturday.
Treu said he did not pass out, but he did lose controlling of the vehicle and fishtailed after his passenger grabbed the steering wheel from him. Girl Scouts sang songs in memory of the victims, who were members of Troop 3055.
Lake Hallie police Sgt. Daniel Sokup says the pickup crossed a lane Saturday morning and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims. He said he saw people in the ditch wearing highly visible reflective vests. He said he and his passenger were huffing Dustoff, a computer keyboard cleaner, while they were driving.
The surviving girl was hospitalised in Rochester in critical condition.
Haylee also enjoyed painting and working on clay pottery with her mother.
Each homicide charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.