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Rescue workers taking the 8-year-old to Children's Hosp... Rescue workers taking the 8-year-old to Children's Hospital


An 8-year-old girl leapt out of her mother's speeding car and onto the I-94 freeway near Mt. Elliot, Mich., remarkably sustaining only minor injuries. How could something like this happen and how could you prevent it?

According to WXYZ 7, the girl unbuckled her seat belt and jumped out of the window. What's not clear is what child safety elements were engaged in the mother's car. There are many tools available to drivers that will prevent children from hurting themselves while in the car.

The National highway Traffic Administration says children between the ages of 4 and 8 should use a booster seat when riding in a vehicle. Booster seats feature a harness that restrict children more than a normal seat belt would. A child can ride without a booster seat when they are tall enough to sit with their back against the seat and their feet planted on the floor, which is usually around 4' 9" in height.

Child lock windows also could have prevented this little girl's tumble. A safety feature in many cars, the driver can engage Child lock windows so that kids can't play with automatic window controls in the back seat. Windows can also be set to go down only halfway.

Luckily, fellow drivers honked their horns to alert her mother. She was rushed to Children's Hospital in Detroit for a cut on her forehead and bruises. The case is now under review with Child Protective Services, but it seems that the little girl may have some mental issues, according to WXYZ.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand. The video says she fell out, then the title says she jumped out. Which one is it?
      SANDY 10842
      • 1 Year Ago
      A child (8 yrs old) "jumps out of window, while her mother has her head up her ass.....jeez!!! Child must be the new "wonder woman" to "jump from a sitting position....??? Something is remiss here.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SANDY 10842
        I agree with you....something is rotten in Denmark or is it, Michigan???
      Laurie Helgason
      • 1 Year Ago
      The mental issues term seems to be ambiguous. The child could have mental illness or mental delays, which affects her behavior and decisions. Children at age 5 have been known to try to kill themselves. At age eight, regular child seats or booster seats will not keep the child restrained. Perhaps the Mom was speeding, knowing her child wanted out of the car but never expecting her child to jump out. It is easy to speculate and leap to conclusions, I prefer to think the mother is in a difficult situation with an ill child and is doing the best she can under stressful circumstances. Regarding the cars door locks, she may have an older car without the safety feature and can't afford a new car. And to restrain a child so they cannot escape would put the Mom in trouble because if there was an accident and the child could not be quickly removed, there would be legal action about illegal restraints. Hopefully, the mom will be given ideas to prevent the child from repeating this behavior.
      • 1 Year Ago
      poor thing, what was that all about?
      you big hunk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Duhhh Durrr, HOW ABOUT A SMARTER CHILD? stupid article
        GOODDOC1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @you big hunk
        How about a smarter reader? The article said she might have mental issues.
          EBIRDWELL
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GOODDOC1
          Whew! now that I have an experts opinion I'll stop wondering about abuse. Wanna bet? When talking to the psychologist I discovered that several of the women in the group had the same idea: if I jump I'll die and this will be over. Unless my luck holds and I'm just hurt real bad so I can't even duck.
      Dr. David Secord
      • 1 Year Ago
      Isn't this a little chlorine in the gene pool? If you're stupid enough to jump out of a car going highway speed, maybe that's a message about your general life aptitude and longevity. Is the mother at fault here for not using a child safety seat (as required by law)? Sure. Should she be prosecuted for reckless endangerment and possibly have the child removed from her custody? Probably. In the end analysis, it takes a special level of stupid to jump from a moving vehicle, much less one going highway speed. So, this is not ALL the mother's fault.
        Georgina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dr. David Secord
        I'm not sure what a child safety seat will do if a child has possible mental issues. I have two children with Autism. My 7 year old daughter is still in a car seat because she gets out of booster seats and she can still get out of a normal car seat. My son is in a booster but which he buckles and unbuckles himself. The issues here is that mom needed to have the child safety lock on the door and window lock if this child commonly rides in this vehicle and has possible mental issues.
        Carol
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dr. David Secord
        "Dr Secord", and I only adress you that way as I have serious doubts about that. I have a question for you. ARE YOU STUPID? ARE YOU A FRUSTRATED BULLY? What kind of idiot says those things about a child, let alone a child you don't even know? IF you are truly a doctor, then go back to school. If not, then perhaps you have forgotten that being a cyber bully is illegal.
      Tammy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Alycemd...but did the article say she had mental issues? j/k
      msega17341
      • 1 Year Ago
      This was doubtlessly a case of pure paternal negligence. The parent should be held accountable.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe the libs will now want to ban cars. /sarcasm off
        Mary
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        or maybe you can give your 5 year a loaded gun so he can kill his litle sister
        Georgina
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bill
        This is a stupid comment. Mom did need to have safety measures in place such as window and door locks, which were obviously not on.
      Holly
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if the child was trying to escape an abusive home?
        GOODDOC1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Holly
        That'[s part of what Child Services will investigate.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GOODDOC1
          screw cps they put more kids in danger than over half the parents in the united states maybe the child did not know any better its happend alot its idiots like all you **** heads that say its abuse **** yall
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Holly
        that is exactly what i was thinking when i was watching this video. until that little girl wakes up we wont know
      JMCB01
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the child has a mental illness, the mother knows about it. If that is the case, there is NO EXCUSE why this was able to happen. I don't care what excuse may be used, this was NOT something that could not have been prevented. It absolutely could have AND SHOULD HAVE been. Any responsible parent sets the child safety locks in their car(s) - she obviously did not. Any responsible parent puts their child in an age appropriate restraint such as a seat belt, booster seat/car seat or even a safety harness (generally made for special needs children that either can't sit upright independently or those that are "flight risk" kids that may attempt to do just what this child did) - but again, this mother did not take the appropriate preventative measures. Do not pity the mother. Pity the child that has such a careless mother. Pity the drivers behind this car that saw this traumatic incident happen & thankfully did not run this poor child over. Pity the rest of us when this possibly mentally ill child does something to hurt others not just herself as a result of nobody being responsible enough to prevent it. Sad, sad, sad.
        bbh907
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JMCB01
        Good Lord! Are you serious!!
        KEN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JMCB01
        How did you ever become so incredibly much wiser than us mortals?
      thetisher2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fellow drivers honked their horns to alert the mother????? You mean in a space as small as a car, she did not realize her daughter went out the window! Seriously? Was she on her cell?
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