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Police chase in White County leads to deadly crash, killing baby and adult

A baby and an adult were killed and another adult, juvenile and toddler were hospitalized after their driver was in a police chase and crashed.
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BROOKSTON, Ind. — An adult and a baby died Sunday night when the driver they were in a car with got into a police chase and crashed in White County. 

Joshua Brown, 23, of Springfield, Illinois, was leading White County deputies in a chase on State Road 18 into Brookston around 11 p.m.

Authorities say Brown was under the influence of a controlled substance while he was driving with two other adults, a juvenile, a toddler and an infant in the car. 

The chase ended in Brookston when Brown ran off the road at a high rate of speed and hit a tree. His vehicle then came to rest against an abandoned house on Ripley Street. 

Brown tried to run away but was quickly arrested and taken to a Lafayette-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was later taken to the White County Jail. 

Indiana State Police said 21-year-old Jaliyah Johnson and 4-month-old Jeremiah Brown were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Eric Stokes was one of the other passengers in Brown's car. He was taken to a Monticello-area hospital for treatment. The juvenile passenger was transported by helicopter to a South Bend hospital, and the toddler was flown to an Indianapolis hospital.

Brown is accused of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, two counts of resisting law enforcement with a vehicle causing death, two counts of reckless driving causing death and two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, all felonies. He's also accused of a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement. 

Stokes is accused of a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement.