A warrant is out for a 23 year-old ‘s arrest. The charge: murder and felony willful child cruelty. The cause: holding her 5 month-old child on her lap without a seat belt.
Five month old Armani Green of Rancho Mirage (California) died when she was ejected from the car her father was driving when it crashed against a guard rail and plummeted down an embankment. Marcus Green, 52 years old, was arrested for murder and other charges days after the crash. He is being held on $1.86 million bail. Her mother, Kristen Leigh Lauer, was also charged with murder and is being sought by Riverside County (CA) sheriffs.
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. Most crash-related deaths in the United States occur to drivers and passengers. For adults and older children who are big enough for a proper fit, seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. For infants and young children, securing them in restrained seats and carriers is the best defense for safety in a car collision. Yet millions do not buckle up on every trip.The cost of non-fatal crash injuries is high: in 2013, non-fatal crash injuries to drivers and passengers resulted in more than $45 billion in lifetime medical and work loss costs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014, the latest statistics available. More than half (range: 53%-59%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained at the time of the crash. More than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014, and young adult drivers and passengers (18-24) have the highest crash-related non-fatal injury rates of all adults.
It was not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, but California Highway Patrol officers suggest that speed may have caused the crash. Original story reported by the LA Times and KTLA Channel 5 News.