Mom accidentally kills toddler with SUV in Madera County

October 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A mother accidentally backed over her own toddler with an SUV Wednesday, the little girl died from her injuries. That's according to the California Highway Patrol. It happened on Martin Street near Avenue 26 in Madera County just before noon.

Investigators say the mother was moving her SUV to get ready to go to the store and did not realize her 19-month-old daughter was behind her. The little girl has been identified as Merlyn Cruz Hernandez. Officers say she was crushed by the vehicle.

Officer Mark Cosentino said, "It's horrible to see a mother holding their child that's suffered fatal injuries, but it's a reminder? watch when they're backing, these cars are big, and they can be dangerous."

The CHP also reminds parents to keep a close eye on their children any time a car is in motion.


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