Toddler critical following Phoenix crash, mother chargedPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Police have charged a mother with multiple counts following a crash that critically injured her toddler and hurt two other people.
It happened at around 2 p.m. on Friday near 43rd Avenue and Osborn Road.
Police say the girl's mother drifted into oncoming traffic then collided head-on with another car.
Angelita Murrieta, 38, has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, child abuse and two counts of endangerment. She was not seriously hurt in the crash.
Her 7-month-old daughter, however, was rushed to Phoenix Children's Hospital where she is listed in extremely critical condition.
Police said the girl was not properly restrained in a safety seat. They said Child Protective Services will take custody of the child should she survive. CPS already has custody of Murrieta's eight other children.
A man and his 2-year-old daughter were in the car Murrieta hit. Neither of them was seriously injured.
According to investigators, it's possible that Murrieta was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Toxicology test results are pending.