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A woman who was allegedly high on drugs when she crashed her compact car into a power pole in El Cajon, killing her 3-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her two other children, pleaded not guilty Friday to gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired, among other charges.

Brandy Teague, 31, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

According to police, Teague may have fallen asleep moments before her 2010 Hyundai Accent veered off Broadway between First and Second streets about 9:45 p.m. last Saturday.

Teague’s three children — ages 2, 3, and 10 — were badly hurt and taken to Rady Children’s Hospital, where 3-year-old Carlee Ramirez died.

Teague was treated at a hospital before being arrested. She faces more than 23 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter, DUI with injury, child endangerment, driving on a suspended license and methamphetamine possession.

She will be back in court next Thursday for a readiness conference and April 23 for a preliminary hearing.

— City News Service

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