A Louisiana woman was arrested and charged with the homicide of her 1-year-old daughter after a speeding off-duty police officer crashed into the car and killed the baby.
Brittany Stephens, 20, wasn’t even driving when Baton Rouge Officer Christopher Manuel, 28, wrecked into their car at 94 mph, but police justify the charge by saying she failed to properly secure the 1-year-old in her car seat, reported The Advocate.
Stephens said she buckled the child into her seat, but investigators allege the girl’s car seat was not correctly secured and the straps were not correctly adjusted for her height.
Manuel hit the Nissan carrying 4 adults and 4 children on Oct. 12 while driving his Corvette at nearly 100 mph in a 50 mph zone, according to police.
The Nissan, driven by 18-year-old Breea Gross, was turning left at a green light when Manuel ran into the vehicle, sending all 8 occupants, and himself, to the hospital. Seyaira Stephens later died from her injuries.
Breea 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 seat belt violation.
Manuel was also arrested earlier this month on one count of negligent homicide in the fatal crash. He has been released on a $15,000 bond.
The officer will remain on paid administrative leave during the investigation.