A 7-week-old girl is recovering from head injuries after she was ejected during a two car crash in Henrico.
Tiara D. Smith, 24, was holding her baby in the front seat of the vehicle when it crashed into another vehicle around 3 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of East Laburnum Avenue and Pinalto Drive, according to Henrico Police.
"And all of a sudden, we heard something, sounded like a train wreck," said a witness who lives on Pinalto Drive. "She was hollering, 'Get my baby! Get my baby!' See, the baby was laying on the ground," he added.
Another child, a four year old girl, was unrestrained in the back seat, police said. She was also hospitalized, but showed no visible injuries.
Smith now faces two counts of felony child neglect. The driver of the vehicle, identified by police as Timothy Smith, the baby's grandfather, was charged with failure to yield and two counts of failure to use an approved child safety seat.
The driver of the other vehicle was not charged but was treated for a neck injury.
Police said Child Protective Services was made aware of the situation.
Smith was being held in the Henrico Jail on $7,500 bond.
Police could not provide more details on the baby's condition, but reminded drivers that child safety seats must always be used.
"Even though you may be driving safely and you think you may be just going around the corner, you need to think about the other people who may come into harm, into your child, into your life," said Lt. Linda Toney.
"No matter where you're going, it doesn't matter if it's around the block, around the corner, or for miles at a time, you need to make sure that you secure that child in the right seat," Toney added.
Virginia law requires all children to be properly secured in a car seat or booster seats until at least the age of 8.
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