Crowley mother arrested in death of daughter who fell from moving car

07/07/2014 9:22 PM

07/07/2014 9:23 PM

The mother of a 12-year-old Crowley girl who died last month after falling off the trunk of a car during a swimming outing has been arrested, Crowley police said Monday night.

Yasmin Lewis, 32, faces a charge of reckless injury to a child causing seriously bodily injury in the death of her daughter, Octavia Watkins.

Lewis was booked into the Crowley Jail and was released on $15,000 bail, according to a news release.

Lewis was a passenger in a car driven by Kisha Young, 38, on June 17 as they left the Creekside for Crowley community pool. Police have said that six children ages 8 to 14 were allowed to ride on the Chevy Malibu’s trunk and hood because their swimming suits were wet.

Octavia and three other children fell from the trunk of the moving car in the 400 block of Angler Drive in Crowley.

Three of the children were taken by ambulance to Cook Children’s Medical Center, where they were treated and later released. Octavia was flown to the hospital by helicopter.

She died June 25 of head injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s website. Crowley police said she died after being taken off life support.

Young was arrested at the scene and faces charges of intoxication assault with a vehicle/serious bodily injury, injury to a child with serious bodily injury and driving while intoxicated with a child under 15. She was released on bail. Results of her blood-alcohol test were not available Monday night.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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