SC baby run over; mom charged

Friday, April 12, 2013 8:31 AM
Last updated 10:01 PM
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CHESTER, S.C. — A Chester mother has been charged with unlawful neglect toward a child after police say she accidentally ran over her 1-year-old daughter.

Chester police say 23-year-old Amber Johnson told them she was working on her SUV Wednesday. Johnson said she had the hood propped up when she moved the truck to a different spot and struck her daughter.

The girl was knocked to the ground. Johnson kept driving until people nearby got her attention.

Johnson drove the girl to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a broken arm and burn marks. The baby was then taken by helicopter to a Charlotte hospital for more treatment.

Authorities say Johnson regularly takes medication but said she hadn’t had any before the accident.

It wasn’t known if Johnson had an attorney.

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Darby 04/12/13 - 05:48 pm
If children are in the yard, you make certain...

that you can see them before you put the vehicle in gear. Failing that, you pick them up and put them inside the vehicle or take them into the house.

Think, where kids are involved, because the kids sure won't.

Bodhisattva 04/13/13 - 05:15 am
There's no wonder that the US

There's no wonder that the US leads the world in incarceration rates. There seems to be no such thing as a tragic accident anymore (unless, of course, you're a politician, very rich, or connected to the system in some way). We lead the world in the number of people who are incarcerated and it's just getting worse with the advent and increase in private prisons. They recently bid to take over numerous prisons IF there was a guaranteed 90% occupancy rate. How could you guarantee this? Crime could go up, but what if crime went down? That's where their lobbyists come in lobbying for longer prison terms for existing crimes and for making more things illegal and requiring a prison sentence. Nothing quite like a corporate thumb on then scales of justice. Three things we shouldb't be proud to lead the world in are military spending, arms sales, and people in prison.

InChristLove 04/13/13 - 08:19 am
Was this really a case of

Was this really a case of "tragic accident" or a case of parental neglect? On the surface it appears to be a tragic accident but I have to agree with Darby, as and adult/parent/mother, you always make sure you know where your child/children are when they are outside. You are either in line of sight or have someone outside there to help if you are busy with yard work (or in this case auto work). Most mother's would have a play pen set up with toys in the shade, especially since this child is only a year old. They are notorious for picking up things at that age and placing them in their mouths....not a happy thought with imagines of what is on the ground.

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