The mother of a baby who died in a car crash after an off-duty police officer struck a car they were in has been charged with negligent homicide. According to an arrest report via The Advocate, Brittany Stephens, 20, was arrested Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after police found that her child's car seat wasn't secured and the straps were not adjusted correctly for her child's size. The report also stated that the "lack of securing the seat to the vehicle and the loose straps are a contributing factor in the death of the child" and "show gross negligence."
Whoever made the charges should be arrested for obscenity. the people of the city should surround the police dept. and demand justice. Scumbag cops who use negligent homicide charges to cover up the very real crimes of officers should serve prison time.
Manuel, 28, was arrested two weeks prior for negligent homicide, as well as speeding
Seems fair enough.
Two people were negligent in this situation and it appears they're both being held responsible.
There's no excuse for not having your child properly secured, especially at that age. First time in a car seat I could understand the confusion, because they can be semi complicated.
@#4 ... Two people were negligent in this situation and it appears they're both being held responsible. ...
That's pretty much where I'm sitting at the moment, based upon the limited info I've seen.
So let me get this straight the mother is charged despite the cop hitting her car going 94 MPH because the child was in a loose car seat.
Has anyone ever tried to really, really get one of those seats in properly? It is like strapping in an astronaut into one of the Apollo capsules. I used to do it (back 10+ years ago) and i'd take like 20 minutes working on it, thinking I had it in there nice and secure, my ex would come along and jiggle it loose in like 2 seconds. We agreed that she was responsible for all car seat security.
This charge is absurd, the poor woman lost her baby, let that be enough.
@#7 ... So let me get this straight the mother is charged despite the cop hitting her car going 94 MPH because the child was in a loose car seat.
Has anyone ever tried to really, really get one of those seats in properly? ...
Yes, I have tried to get those seats in properly (and it wasn't even my kid). It is not as difficult as many seem to think. You just need to keep your focus on the safety of the child.
But to what I think is the main point of your comment... both are to blame. And I am willing to let the courts sort through the level of blame that each should bear.
Oh come on Lamp, Gross Negligence?? She had a car seat, it wasn't (SUPPOSEDLY) buckled properly. The woman is dealing with the worst thing a parent can go through. Why put her through worse pain?
@#11 ... Oh come on Lamp, Gross Negligence?? ...
I take your point. While I do think those charges are excessive, grossly excessive, I still think it is up to the courts to work through this.
Frankly, it has to go through the courts, and the courts have to decide the appropriate punishment.
I raised three boys and remember dealing with the car seats. In the early 90's they were pretty simple and straight forward. later on they became more complicated to deal with. I know without a doubt that I'd never leave the seat unrestrained but the adjustment of the straps - maybe i'd miss that.
The real issue here is the dumbass driving 94 mph. The mom should be ticked for endangering the child but the loss of life goes to the officer who was driving at a very high rate of speed. I'd like to know what the speed limit in in the area it happened.
There is one and only one reason for these charges, to protect the town and police against the civil suit that will come from the death of the child.
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