CROWLEY (CBS 11 NEWS) – In Crowley, police are still interviewing witnesses and tell us that it’s not clear whether six children wanted to ride home from a neighborhood pool on top of the car Tuesday evening—or whether the Mom didn’t want to get her car wet. Either way, it was a decision that put several of the children in the hospital and 39-year-old Kisha Young behind bars.
“The kids were really pretty banged up, one girl unconscious, had to be careflighted out,” says Crowley mother of two, Stephanie Wywias. Wywias lives on the street where the children were injured. “Heartbreaking. I first thought some kids had been ran over playing out in the street. But, that wasn’t the fact at all.”
Crowley police investigators say Young left the Creekside community pool with six children—hers and those of a family friend—riding on top of the car: four on the trunk and two on the hood. Less than a quarter mile into the trip, the four children on the trunk fell off onto the street.”
“She [the driver] didn’t realize, I don’t think, that they had fallen off. She had driven down a little farther before I guess she realized they were off the car,” says Wywias.
The one child taken by Careflight to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth remains hospitalized with a serious head injury. Three others were treated and have been released.
According to Crowley police, Young failed a field sobriety test at the scene. Toxicology test results are pending; but, police say both Young and the mother of the most seriously injured child, who was a passenger in the car, could face additional charges.
“I don’t want to speak for other parents; but, it was not the safest idea for children to be riding on the back of a vehicle,” says Officer C.C. Meadows, Crowley Police spokesperson.
As the case unfolds, neighbors say it reads like a post card for bad parenting.
“It’s summertime, you want to have a good time, you want your kids to have a nice break from school,” says Wywias, “but, as a parent, you have to know right from wrong because the kids don’t.”
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