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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Police have released new information about a toddler's death on Wednesday.  His grandmother is now charged in the case.

Police say Brayden Lukas Daniel's grandmother, Rebecca Jane Elrod, is charged with Driving Under the Influence.  Police say Elrod, 52, of Mount Olive Road in Albertville, was under the influence of some type of prescription medication at the time of the accident on Diane Street.

"During the investigation we had some clues come up to the officers there on the scene, some red flags if you will," said Albertville Assistant Police Chief Jamie Smith.  "They got to digging a little deeper and asking a few more questions, and it turned out we probably had a problem there at the scene with the grandmother."

Police took Elrod into custody and took her to a local hospital where blood was drawn under a court order.  She was then booked in the Albertville City Jail.

Late Friday, police said Elrod had been officially charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide.  She posted $2,500 bond.  

Police continue their investigation on how this happened.

"From what I understand the car was actually parked in the driveway and had backed up and then turned to the left and was just going to pull out through the grass there onto the roadway," said Smith.  "Between the driveway and where the car was parked was where the child was struck.  She was pulling forward."

Smith said Lukas Daniel's father was there, and tried to grab his son but was out of arm's reach.

Lukas Daniel was pronounced dead at Marshall Medical Center South.  He was 2 years old.

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