A mother whose 3-year-old died after being ejected in a car crash is currently facing manslaughter charges after police allege she did not legally secure the girl with a child-restraint device.
Serenity Rose Robinson, 3, died from injuries from the February 17 crash in Fort Myers, Florida.
Police stated in a news release how Serenity’s mother, Leslie Joe Zeagler, 30, turned herself into authorities last Monday according to authorities.
Zeagler is charged with aggravated manslaughter by causing the death of a person under 18 by culpable negligence; DUI manslaughter; and driving while license suspended, revoked or canceled.
As of late, she has not entered please to any of the charges.
Zeagler was driving when she blacked out, according to investigators, causing her car to leave the roadway and strike multiple trees.
Police say in the course of the crash, the vehicle rolled over and the child was ejected.
Both the mother and another passenger who was in the vehicle were treated and released with minor injuries.
Allegedly, the daughter was not restrained in the vehicle at the time of the crash and investigators believe the vehicle was not carrying a child-restraint device as required by Florida law.
“Zeagler was found to be impaired by multiple controlled substances while operating the motor vehicle at the time of the crash,” according to police.
“The senseless death of Serenity is one that certainly could have been avoided,” revealed a police statement. “The Fort Myers Police Department reminds motorists not to drive while impaired and certainly not with a restrained or unrestrained child in the car.”
Currently, Zeagler is being held in Lee County jail with no bond according to Fort Myers TV station WINK.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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