Cop Kills Baby Girl After Crashing Into Car At 94 Mph. Mom Gets Charged With Homicide
A Louisiana mother was arrested and charged with homicide after an off-duty police officer crashed into the car she was riding in and killed her baby daughter.
The baby’s mother, 20-year-old Brittany Stephens, wasn’t driving when the Baton Rouge police officer slammed into their car at 94 mph in a 50 mph zone. However, according to The Advocate, she was arrested and charged with her baby’s death. Police claim she failed to properly secure the 1-year-old in her car seat.
Stephens told police she had buckled the child into her seat, but investigators said the girl’s car seat was not secured and the straps were not correctly adjusted for her height.
Officer Christopher Manuel struck a Nissan carrying four adults and four children driving his Corvette at speeds approaching 100 mph, police said.
The Nissan, driven by 18-year-old Breea Gross, was turning left at a green light when Manuel slammed into the car, and all eight occupants were hospitalized, according to the report.
Gross was cited for driving without a license, seat belt violation and three counts of child safety restraint violation.
Janice Gross, 40, was cited for allowing an unlicensed driver to drive her vehicle and a seat belt violation, and Seth Eames, 23, was also cited for a seatbelt violation.
The officer will remain on paid administrative leave until an internal investigation wraps up, but the investigation will not begin until he recovers from his injuries and is released to work by a doctor.