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Tampa teacher charged in fatal hit-run

Two children killed

Crime, Law and Justice

(CNN) -- A Tampa, Florida, schoolteacher has been charged in the hit-and-run deaths of two brothers, ages 3 and 13, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Jennifer Porter is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and has posted a $7,500 bond, according to a booking officer at the Orient Road jail. The charge is a second-degree felony.

Porter was permitted to turn herself in Wednesday morning accompanied by her attorney.

Authorities said Durantae Caldwell, 3, and Bryant Wilkins, 13, were killed as they, a sister and another brother were crossing the street at night after leaving a neighborhood community center.

Witnesses said the car that struck the children did not stop.

Six days later, Porter and her attorney held a news conference to say they were sorry for what happened, but did not say precisely what role she played in the incident.

Porter's attorney, Barry Cohen, directed police to Porter's car.

He told reporters Porter was afraid that night. She had been driving home after working late at a nearby elementary school where she teaches dance.

Police seized Porter's car and were examining it for evidence.

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