The mother of a baby who died in a car crash involving an off-duty police officer was arrested on a count of negligent homicide for failing to secure the child’s car seat — weeks after the Baton Rouge police officer who crashed into their car at 94 mph was arrested on the same charge.
Brittany Stephens, 20, was arrested Tuesday after police found that the child’s car seat was not secured and the straps were not adjusted correctly for the child’s size, an arrest report states, The Advocate reported.
Police said 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.”
Stephens was not at the wheel during the crash but claimed responsibility for securing the child’s car seat.
She was booked into prison Tuesday on one count of negligent homicide and a seat belt violation.
Three other adults in the car were issued traffic citations Tuesday, The Advocate reported.
Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said that there were more passengers in the car than seats available.
The crash took place on the evening of Oct. 12, 2017, when an off-duty police officer struck the Nissan while driving hid Corvette at 94 mph.
The vehicle’s eight occupants were taken to the hospital and Seyaira Stephens, 1, later died from her injuries.
Officer Christopher Manuel was arrested on Feb. 16 on one count each of negligent homicide and speeding. He was released on $15,000 bail the same day he was booked.
Stephens was released on $3,600 bond Wednesday morning, online prison records show.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III said prosecutors “will review all reports, charges and arrests and make the appropriate decisions based upon facts and law.”