Off-Duty Cop Was Going 94 MPH In Crash That Killed Baby, Mom Is Charged With Crime: Police
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police Officer Christopher Manuel was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with negligent homicide in connection with a fatal accident on Oct. 12, 2017.
According to police, Manuel was off-duty when he drove 94 mph in a Chevrolet Corvette into a Nissan, and killed a 1-year-old baby, Seyaira Stephens, and injured six others, notes The Advocate.
A police investigation said the driver of the Nissan attempted to make a left turn on a green light. The Corvette, which also had a green light, hit the passenger side of the Nissan, according to investigators.
Sgt. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said Manuel was charged on a count of negligent homicide and speeding.
Brittany Stephens, the child’s mother, was charged with negligent homicide and a seat belt violation on Feb. 27 because said she allegedly failed to properly secure the baby’s car seat and the straps were not adjusted correctly for the child’s height, reports The Advocate.
Police said in the arrest report 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” on Stephens’ part.
Stephens was not the driver of the Nissan, but told police that she did secure the car seat with the baby inside.
McKneely said Stephens was arrested because she “was the person responsible for the buckling of the car seat.”
According to McKneely, three other adults in the car were also issued traffic citations Tuesday.