A four-year-old boy died after he was hurled from a booze-filled car that crashed while being driven by his mother’s drunk friend, police said.
Christian Alizsha Redmond’s mother, 28-year-old Tyneshia Chatman, was charged with murder after she was discovered to be in the passenger seat in the car with five of her children, including her son who was killed. Her friend who was behind the wheel, Migel Matthew, 31, was also charged with murder. Both women were taken to jail on Sunday in Witchita Falls, Texas in connection with the deadly crash that occurred in December 2019.
Chatman and Matthews were indicted this week on murder charges for the death of Christian, according to court documents filed on April 15. Chatman was also charged with four counts of child endangerment for the crash which reportedly saw five of the vehicle’s seven passengers ejected.
The horrific crash occurred on Henry S Grace Freeway on December 20. Police were sent to the scene and found Chatman and Matthews in the car reportedly filled with numerous open and half-empty bottles of beer and liquor. Officers found Christian’s body at the crash site and said the rest of the vehicle’s occupants suffered minor injuries.
Officers also said Matthews smelled like alcohol.
‘Based on my training and experience, there appeared to be no reason for the crash except for the intoxication of Matthews,’ the investigating officer wrote in an affidavit.
Matthews was initially charged with intoxication manslaughter on December 21, but she was freed the same day on a $25,000 bond.
Both women are being held on $100,000 bond and face life in prison if convicted, although it is unclear when the are due back in court.
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