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Plea from mother of injured Clinton County children

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A plea from a mother caring for her two children after police told Eyewitness News the sister and brother were hit by a drunk driver while riding their bikes.

Sixteen-year-old McKenna Sellers and her brother, 12-year-old Steven Hunter Davis, were hit as they rode bicycles on state road 39 in Clinton County Wednesday night, not far from their home.

Deputies arrested 39-year old Heather McDaniel. Investigators said McDaniel was drunk behind the wheel of her SUV, causing critical injuries to both children.

"I feel bad for your children. I think you need to be put away. I think you need help. My kids deserve better than this," said mother Tonya Sellers.

Tonya Sellers admits she's mad. She's also exhausted, having spent the last four days in and out of Indianapolis hospitals.

Sellers' 12-year old son Hunter recovering at Riley. Her 16-year old daughter, McKenna at St. Vincent Hospital.

"It is emotionally hard on everybody to watch McKenna lay there and suffer. She wakes up and she is scared and she is worried about her little brother," said Sellers.

Investigators say the siblings were hit Wednesday night. They were riding their bikes home from the video store on state road 39, south of Frankfort.

Heather McDaniel hit McKenna and Hunter. Investigators say the mother of four was driving drunk.

"McKenna remembers trying to tell her little brother to get out of the way. She remembers the lady being on the wrong side of the road," said Sellers.

McKenna was put in a medically-induced coma when she first arrived at St. Vincent. Sunday, she was taken off a ventilator and is now breathing on her own. Both her femurs, broken.

Twelve-year-old Hunter has several broken bones as well: "He had wounds so bad that they couldn't close them all the way," said Sellers.

Tonya Sellers said it makes it more frustrating that she personally knows Heather McDaniels.

"Honestly, I hope every time she closes her eyes she thinks about the faces of my children laying in that field. Hurt. Scared. I hope she never forgets it. That's pretty much all I have to say to her," said Sellers.

Thirty-nine-year-old Heather McDaniel bonded out of the Clinton County jail on Friday. McDaniel posted a $1200 bond.

McDaniel is facing two counts of Operating While Intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury. McDaniel is also facing one count of Reckless Driving and Criminal Recklessness.

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