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Son of wealthy businessman charged with causing death of 9 year-old girl in car crash

Antonio Singh Boparan (right) Credit: BPM Media

The son of a wealthy businessman has been charged with causing the death of a young girl - more than three years after she passed away.

Cerys Edwards had just celebrated her first birthday when she suffered multiple injuries in a crash in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, in November 2006.

The youngster was left paralysed, unable to speak, and requiring round-the-clock care after her parents’ car was hit by a £57,000 Range Rover.

Cerys died in October 2015 – just weeks before her 10th birthday – at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Cerys Edwards Credit: BPM Media

Antonio Singh Boparan, 32, has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

According to Companies House, Boparan is a director of Boparan Events Ltd, The Boparan Charitable Trust and Boparan Family Trustee Ltd, all based in Sutton Coldfield.

It is understood he is one of the heirs to the £800m fortune of 2 Sisters Food Group and 2 Sisters Poultry, run by his parents, Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan.

Antonio Boparan resigned as a director of those two firms in April this year.

He will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on January 10, West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service confirmed.

Antonio Singh Boparan Credit: BPM Media

Over the years, brave Cerys endured dozens of major operations and had required round-the-clock care.

When she died, her devastated dad, Gareth, paid tribute to his daughter by saying her smile “would melt the hearts of anyone”.

Moving tributes were also paid at her funeral as Cerys was laid to rest in a pink coffin in the Staffordshire village where her father now lives.

The service of thanksgiving heard her favourite songs from Ollie Murs, Pharrell Williams and Let it Go from the Frozen movie.

There was also a release of a single white dove and balloons at her graveside.