Mom charged with neglect after child falls out of van

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A North Carolina mother of six faces a charge of child neglect for what police say happened in the drive-thru lane of a bank in eastern Henrico.

Police say the incident happened Saturday evening at the Bank of America branch on South Laburnum Avenue. A witness told police, it was not the kind of deposit he normally sees.

"The door of the van slid open, and a kid came falling out," said Lt. Steven Sparagna of Henrico Police.

Driving that van, police say, was Lakeisha Wilkerson, who was carting her six children, all between the ages of one and eleven. Once Wilkerson stopped, got out, and put the fallen three-year-old girl back in the van, police say she went to a nearby drug store.

"She was actually trying to get some advice from the pharmacists about what to do with the child who had hit  the head and had some abrasion," Sparagna said.

Having been called by the witness, police arrived moments later, and through interviews, got a better idea of what took place at the bank.

"One of the kids opened the door, and the other kid fell out of the van," Sparagna said.

Officers noticed that Wilkerson packed child safety seats into the van, but none were being used at the time, even though four of the six kids were required by law to use them.

"It's simple. Eight and under, they have to be in a child seat," Sparagna said.

In addition to the charge of felony child neglect, Wilkerson, of Charlotte, NC, was charged with driving on a suspended license. She also faces four counts of failing to use proper restraining devices inside her vehicle.

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