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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Breastfeeding child ejected from car

When reported earlier today that an infant riding on her mother's lap was ejected from the car in an accident, readers quickly responded, many incredulous the child was not properly restrained in a car seat. "She was probably breast feeding at the time,'' wrote "Mary from St. Pete."

As more details became available, we reported the mother had been breastfeeding her baby in the front seat of a car when a collision caused the baby to fly through the open window and land in the middle of a busy intersection. Four-month-old Danaie Rodriguez-Hernandez suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries after the 12:01 p.m. crash, police say. The mother was not driving in this case, like the Ohio woman we wrote about in March.

The baby's father, Vincente Rodriguez, 18, ran a red light as he traveled on E Columbus Drive heading slightly southeast toward the Interstate 4 eastbound off-ramp, according to Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. A car swerved to avoid him, but a garbage truck T-boned the passenger side of the car.

There was an infant safety seat inside, but it wasn't being used. Another child in the back seat suffered minor bumps and bruises. He wore no seat belt, McElroy said.

-- Dory Knight-Ingram

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:01am]


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