But once the toddler was declared dead on Sunday after his family took him off life support, Hawthorne police consulted with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office and decided to re-arrest Higgins on suspicion of vehicle manslaughter.
Even on the stiffer charge, however, the suspect didn't last too long behind bars — the elderly woman was released from the police station after posting her $100,000 bond.
While Kowal says he harbors no ill will towards the woman, he would like to "speak directly to her" at the trial, telling press:
"I feel nothing towards her. I want to make sure she can never drive her car again and I've asked the police to see if during the trial I can speak directly to her because I want her to feel my pain… I don't feel angry, I'm just so sad about my baby, I don't feel angry at all."
Higgins is expected in court on November 15, where she will most likely have to face the grieving father of the boy she killed.
According to reports out Sunday morning, Angelina Jolie's political ambitions with the United Nations may have caused a rift between her and Brad Pitt, at least based on a source "close to the couple."
TMZ is reporting that Jolie's dream had been to become a top official with the UN -- which makes sense, considering all the charity work and traveling to developing nations that she does -- but that didn't fly at home with Brad.