Couple pleads guilty in hit-and-run death of 2-year-old girl

Published On: Jun 05 2014 12:04:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 05 2014 12:07:35 PM EDT

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photos of Serdarus Scott and Ariel Siplin


A Jacksonville couple pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in the 2013 hit-and-run death of a 2-year-old girl.

Serdarus Scott, 35, pleaded guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving while license suspended or revoked as a habitual felony offender.

Ariel Siplin, 29, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and tampering with evidence.

In June 2013, Scott fatally struck Janya Solomon (pictured) with his vehicle in front of her Ring Lane home on the Southside. He then stopped, got out of his vehicle and told Siplin, his girlfriend, to get in the driver's seat. Siplin fled the scene in the vehicle while Scott fled the scene on foot.

A short time later, Scott got back in the vehicle and the two went into hiding until captured days later.

Scott now faces 35 years in prison. Siplin faces up to 20 years in prison. They are scheduled to be sentenced the week of July 14.


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