The 10-month-old girl was killed after being struck by the same car she fell out of in Woodbridge Sunday afternoon, said authorities.
A 10-month-old girl died from her injuries after she fell out of the back seat of a car and was run over on Sunday, according to Prince William County Police. The Prince County Police announced on Twitter that they are looking into a fatal crash where a 10-month-old girl was killed when she fell from a vehicle and was struck, reported PEOPLE.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: #PWCPD Crash Investigators investigated a #fatal crash that occurred on Flotilla Way in #Woodbridge on Jun. 12 at approx. 1:15pm. a 10-month-old girl was killed when she fell from a vehicle and was struck. More info; pic.twitter.com/RM5FgmYG2e— Prince William County Police Department (@PWCPolice) June 13, 2022
The police department mentioned that the woman was driving a 2013 Toyota Highlander with a 10-month-old child in the backseat, unrestrained. She drove a short distance to a trash bin and was returning when tragedy struck. The mother reached back home to pick up additional family members. When a family member opened the back door, the girl fell out of the backseat. The child's mom panicked and jumped out of the car to check on her child. She had left the car in drive and the vehicle rolled forward and struck the child, causing a serious head injury. The child was rushed to the hospital but didn't survive.
The identity of the child is being withheld due to a new Virginia law. Police said no charges have been filed against the 35-year-old mother. Both the mother and daughter were from Hyattsville, Maryland. Police announced they are still investigating the incident. “At this time the investigation is still active so we will not be releasing any additional information unless criminal charges are obtained,” a spokesperson for Prince William County Police told the Daily News.
Baby dies from being strapped too tightly in car
A recent incident saw another baby die due to the negligence of a parent in an incident in Indiana. The woman was charged with neglect after she buckled her infant son too tightly in the car, causing his death in May 2021. Megan Ford, 35, was charged with neglect of a dependent, which was classified as a level 3 felony, reported Kiro7. As per a probable cause affidavit, Ford assumed her son had fallen asleep but was, in fact, unresponsive in his car seat while driving to her mother’s home roughly 15 minutes away, wrote Gabe Furnish of the Allen County Sheriff’s Department wrote.
Ford recalled her son being a “little fussy” when she put him in the car seat but didn't think much of it at the time. Ford said her son had been using the car seat straps since he left the hospital and she never adjusted them as she didn't know how to. The medical examiner noted in the baby's autopsy that they found a bruise on Kai’s abdomen that perfectly matched where the buckles would have clicked into place. The medical examiner listed his cause of death as “probable mechanical asphyxia due to chest and abdomen compression.” The baby also suffered five broken ribs. According to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 1,840 children died from abuse or neglect in the year 2019, an increase from 2018, which recorded 1,780 fatalities.
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