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Lancaster Pursuit Suspect Charged with Toddler’s Death

LANCASTER – A Palmdale man was charged on Monday with murder after he allegedly led deputies on a car chase Thursday that ended in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Marvin Travon Hicks, 45, was arraigned on one count each of murder and felony evading an officer causing injury.

Bail has been set at $1.1 million.

Hicks, who allegedly led Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit with speeds reaching 100 mph, was driving west on Avenue I when his vehicle slammed into a Lexus, killing 2-year-old Madison Faye Ruano and seriously injuring her mother, Tina Marie Ruano. The accident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

If convicted, Hicks faces up to life in prison.

–Randy Economy