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Oceanside family demands justice for toddler hit in crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - An Oceanside family is making a plea for justice Tuesday in juvenile court.

Nineteen-month-old Izaiah Wallis remains in a medically induced coma at Rady Children's Hospital.  Doctors say he could be blind, suffer brain damage and never walk again after getting hit by a 17-year-old drunk driver.

The teenager behind the wheel pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge Tuesday morning in court. The crash occurred on October 18th on an Oceanside street. The teenager was driving with a blood alcohol content of .21 percent when he plowed into a grandfather pushing Izaiah in a stroller. 

The teenager was driving without a license and with no insurance. News 8 is not releasing the name of the teenager because he is a minor. Although the maximum sentence for the teen is up to 12 years in custody, the teenager can only be held until he is 21 years old. He will be sentenced on November 29.

The family of Izaiah Wallis picketed in front of the courthouse hoping to change the course of the case. Isaiah's parents and grandparents wanted the teen to be charged as an adult.

According to prosecutors, minors can only be charged as adults when the charges involve more serious offenses, such as murder and forcible rape. 

The family of Izaiah Wallis says the medical bills are staggering and they have no health insurance.  If you'd like to make a donation, click HERE.

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