Girl, Boyfriend Charged After 7-Yr-Previous Fatally Ran Over on California Freeway


Authorities say a Landcaster, California, lady and her boyfriend have been charged with little one endangerment after the mom’s 7-year-old daughter fell out the again of an open window and was killed after being run over by a number of vehicles on the freeway.

The tragic dying occurred at about 3:40 a.m. July 2 on the northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita.

The transferring SUV was pushed by 28-year-old Veronda Gladney, the distraught mom, whereas boyfriend Michael Department, 39, was a passenger and the younger woman rode unstrapped within the again. 

Officers responded to a 911 name through which a witness claimed one other automobile “had struck an unknown stationary object, which was blocking the roadway,” per a California Freeway Patrol assertion. 

“It was decided that the unknown object was a toddler which had been struck by a number of autos. After preliminary investigations it was decided the seven-year-old feminine little one fell out of the transferring 1999 Lincoln Navigator by means of… an open window, and because of this sustained deadly accidents. Presently the circumstances behind how she fell out are beneath investigation,” learn the report.

ABC7 stories that a number of witnesses declare the kid was taking part in within the again portion of the automobile, hanging out of a window that “was already damaged out,” and struck a number of instances by autos going freeway speeds. Witnesses additionally stated they have been shaken by the traumatic incident.

“I’ve by no means had a child falling out of a transferring automobile,” stated officer Joshua Greengard. “I’ve been to quite a few tragedies in my time, however this one could be very unlucky. It’s very unhappy.”

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace confirmed Gladney was charged with each a felony and misdemeanor depend of kid abuse inflicting dying, and a felony depend of vehicular manslaughter.

Department was solely charged with a toddler abuse misdemeanor. Each Department and Gladney pleaded not responsible throughout a court docket listening to on Wednesday. 

Los Angeles County Coroner’s workplace have withheld the 7-year-old’s identify till her subsequent of kin are contacted.

Department is due on the Santa Clarita Courthouse on July 27. Gladney faces manslaughter fees on the San Fernando Courthouse on July 13.

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