On October 12, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Christopher Manuel was driving is Corvette at 94 MPH when he struck a vehicle carrying four adults and four children. All of the occupants of the Nissan were taken to the hospital. One year old Seyaira Stephens later died of her injuries.
Manuel, 28, was a police officer of Baton Rouge who was off duty at the time the accident occurred.
He was arrested on Feb 16 on one count each of negligent homicide and speeding. Police said then that Manuel has been on paid administrative leave since the accident. He later posted $15,000 bail and was released the same day of booking.
But, imagine being that mother who had to deal with that horrific event of an off duty officer crashing into YOUR car for speeding, and you get charged with the death of your child.
According to The Advocate, weeks after officers made their arrest of Manuel, 20-year-old Brittany Stephens was arrested Tuesday after police found that her daughter’s car seat was not secured and the straps were not adjusted correctly for the child’s height. The police stated that the “lack of securing the seat to the vehicle and the loose straps are a contributing factor in the death” of the child and “show gross negligence” on the mother’s part.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney said his office has not yet determined whether Stephens or Manuel will face charges, but prosecutors “will review all reports, charges and arrests and make the appropriate decisions based upon facts and law.”
It is reported that Brittany has posted $3,600 and was released Wednesday morning.