Toddler critically injured after Henrico crash, mother and daughter charged

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A mother and daughter are facing multiple child neglect charges after a two year old boy was thrown from a vehicle during a car accident.

The toddler is in critical but stable condition with head injuries after landing on West Broad Street. His mother and sister are out on bail. Police say a total of three children were not properly restrained in the car.

Monday's tragic events unfolded along West Broad Street at North Crestwood. Police say 19 year old Latori Carter stopped to pick up her mother, Tracy, who was walking with Latori's three brothers, ages two, four and eight.

According to Lt. Doug Perry, Latori's one year old son was also in the car, in a car seat, that wasn't buckled.

"The eight year old restrained himself with a seat belt but the mother and sister allowed the two year old to sit in the lap of the eight year old," said Lt. Perry.

Police say as Latori drove across Broad Street she was struck by another car and her two year old brother flew out the driver's side window.

"This was a very low speed crash she pulled out in front of the other vehicle," said Perry.

But it doesn't take much force for tragic results.

"One adult one child whoever is not restrained can easily become a missile in a crash," said Corri Miller-Hobbs program coordinator for Safe Kids Virginia.

In Virginia, any child up to age 7 is required by law to be restrained in a proper child safety seat. Children between 8 and 16 must wear a seat belt. Miller-Hobbs with Safe Kids Virginia says four out of five child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

"Very often it's that even if the belt is around that it's not secure it's not tight," said Miller-Hobbs.

The seat shouldn't move more than an inch in any direction.

"The center seating position is always the safest because it's going to be the furthest point from any impact," said Miller-Hobbs.

This is National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week. The Carter's are scheduled to appear in court next month.

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