Baby falls out of car onto roadway

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LEE’S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) — A quick-thinking stranger came to the aid of a baby after the infant fell out of a moving vehicle onto a highway entrance ramp Sunday night.

Police are trying to determine how the 1-year-old child fell from the back seat of the car while the driver was turning off Chipman Road onto a Highway 50 on-ramp. A second child was in the back seat, according to the Lee’s Summit Police Department.

This occurred about 6 p.m. Sunday. A passing motorist stopped and gave CPR. Emergency crews responded and an ambulance rushed the baby to an area hospital.

Police did not know Sunday night the extent of the infant’s injuries.

The initial investigation indicates the driver of the vehicle was traveling east on Chipman preparing to turn onto the entrance ramp for the westbound lanes of Highway 50. While making the turn onto the ramp, a 1-year-old child in the back seat of the vehicle fell out of the rear passenger door and onto the roadway.

A passing motorist immediately stopped and protected the child while administering first aid until emergency crews arrived.

Police are investigating to see how, or if, the child was secured in the vehicle prior to the incident and how the door was opened.

By Dave Eckert

13 comments

  • Debra Rayfield

    Judging from that filthy car seat it probably wasn’t installed correctly…If they don’t have sense enough to keep their children’s things clean, they probably don’t have sense enough to strap the child in properly…

  • Alicia

    What is a one year old child doing in a booster seat instead of a car seat or convertible car seat? That seat is not appropriate for the age and I’m sure the size of a one year old child. If that is the seat the child was in then parents should be held accountable for this. But how the heck did the door get opened? And how old is there car most cars have child safety locks on the doors.

    • April

      My son is now 5 but a month 1/2 old he almost died in an infant car seat do to a car accident it was installed correctly the childerens hospital gave me a car seat for him that looked almost like that at a month 1/2 old also cleanliness has nothing to do with installing a car seat so quit judging

  • Phyllis

    Well, even so. A one year old child is too small to sit unharnessed in a booster seat. They still should be in a harnessed car seat! Hope the child is going to be ok!

  • Stephanie

    in reply to Kelsie; one year old’s need to be in car seats until they are 80 lbs. I think, so that is wrong in itself if that is the case and she’s partially correct when it comes to cleanliness. If parents are lax in sanitizing and cleanliness, which is also part of safety of children, then its very possible that they are careless in other safety aspects too.

  • lg

    Do we actually KNOW the child was in the booster seat that is shown? There WAS a second child in the vehicle. Don’t JUDGE BEFORE you know the WHOLE story. Prayers for the baby, the family, and the driver of the car.

  • C

    Actually: Birth up to Age 2 – Rear-facing car seat. For the best possible protection, infants and children should be buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until age 2 or when they reach the upper weight or height limits of their particular seat [for the rear position it’s usually 36 inches and 30 to 35 pounds; for forward facing position it ‘s usually 40 to 90 pounds]. Check the seat’s owner’s manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.

  • Megan Laut

    Oh please, how about we stop criticizing the parents over their cleanliness. Geez, kids make messes. My daughter is almost 2, & her carseat has looked like that before I could do laundry, so did her infant carrier. My goodness, how about we have some compassion- good grief. Accidents happen to everyone- imagine if this was your child. I’m sure the dirty carseat didn’t open the door, & doors fail too, everything on cars fail, so why is everyone acting shocked?

    And, my daughters pediatrician told me I could forward face her at 20lbs, & another told me later, no. So, who knows why this child was in this booster seat, we don’t know how big the child is, or anything else. Quit judging & start showing some compassion. That’s what’s wrong with the world today. The baby is still obviously in criticial condition if CPR had to be administered. How about some more prayers & less pointing fingers?

  • jeannette

    I so hope the child is okay and the family is okay. I had a 1 year old climb out of her car seat and open the door while we were driving. Thank god my oldest son was in the back seat and grabbed my daughter and shut the door. Sometimes things happen and we learn from that. I pray everyone is okay.

  • Bobby Howser

    This is just sad all around.. Not just for the baby that has gotten injured but also for the parents of this child.. We all should be joining hands and praying for their well being and that the baby will be touched bye the hands of god and be ok and pray that nothing is wrong with him/her.. Now as for the door opening we have no idea what happened maybe the other child in the car opened it and maybe they let the 1 year old out of the seat.. We may never know but just because a car seat is dirty doesn’t mean the parents neglected to strap the baby in the car right.. The car seat showing in video isn’t the right kind of car seat for the 1 year old but i’m not going to judge them on their decision to use it. Infact i’m i’m just going to pray harder and hope that every thing turns out ok… Good luck to the family and god bless the 1 year old and hope he puts his healing hands on the baby and makes him/her better.

  • Megan

    All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

    Any child who has outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer.

    All children whose weight or height is above the forward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

    When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

    All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

    With that all being said, I agree with a lot of people on this thread. There isn’t enough known about the situation to say exactly what happened other then this child is hurt. Prayers to the family and the child, also to the motorist that stopped to help and all medicial persons involved. Coming up on something like this touches them as well.

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