Four children were injured — one with a severe head injury — Tuesday night in Crowley after they fell from atop the trunk of a moving car, where they had been allowed to ride because their bathing suits were wet.
Kisha Young, the 38-year-old driver and mother to some of the children, was arrested on suspicion of intoxication assault, a third-degree felony.
Additional charges are expected to be sought against Young and the 31-year-old mother of the other children involved, who was a passenger in the front seat, said officer C.C. Meadows, a spokeswoman with the Crowley Police Department.
Emergency crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Angler Drive in Crowley, about 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, about 8:30 p.m.
Meadows said six children — ages 8 to 14 — had been riding on the Chevy Malibu’s trunk and hood after leaving the Creekside of Crowley community pool.
“Officers were advised that the driver and passenger of the vehicle [mothers of the children] allowed the children to ride outside the vehicle because their clothes were wet,” the department stated in a news release.
Meadows said that investigators were still looking into what caused the four children to fall from the trunk but that police suspect driver inattention and the influence of alcohol were possible factors.
Young was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Blood was also drawn and police are still awaiting blood alcohol level results, Meadows said.
Three of the children were taken by ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center while the 12-year-old girl with the severe head injury — the daughter of the passenger — was transported by helicopter ambulance.
“It’s my understanding that all have been released with exception to the one who was CareFlited,” Meadows said.
She said the 12-year-old girl’s condition apparently remained “touch and go” Wednesday morning.
Young remained jailed Wednesday morning. Bail had not been set, Meadows said.
Child Protective Services is also investigating.