Montana man faces negligent homicide charge in fatal crash

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) – A man in western Montana faces a negligent homicide charge for a rollover accident south of Florence last month that killed his partner and injured their three daughters, officials said. Ravalli County.

The girls – aged 7, 8 and 10 – said the crash on September 7 happened when their father, Jarrid Canfield, took his hands off the steering wheel to hit their mother, court records show.

The girls said their father hit their mother three times. Jordan Teeple, 30, was partially ejected from the vehicle and partially trapped under it, court records show.

Canfield, 37, of Stevensville, is also charged with three counts of endangering crime and one count of assaulting a partner or family member. One girl suffered multiple fractures to her back and a broken wrist while the other girls were treated for cuts and bruises, Republic of Ravalli reported.

Canfield appeared Thursday before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey, where his bail was set at $ 35,000. Canfield did not plead and asked for an unnamed public defender, court officials said. His appearance in district court has not been scheduled.

Canfield remained in jail on Friday.

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