A woman has been arrested by Placentia police after allegedly dragging her eight-year-old daughter and an adult male bystander behind a vehicle. The child reportedly tried to stop her mother from driving under the influence of alcohol late Thursday night.
According to a Placentia Police Department news release, officers were called to the 400 block of Orchid Drive shortly after 11:30 p.m. There they discovered the eight-year-old suffering from “abrasions to her legs and feet.” She was being looked after by her grandmother at the time.
Police soon learned that the child was injured as a result of grabbing the passenger-side door handle of the car that her mother, 44-year-old Erin Garcia, was behind the wheel of at the time. The girl was reportedly “concerned about [Garcia] driving due to her intoxication level.”
When her daughter grabbed the door handle of the parked car, Garcia allegedly “looked at the child,” hit the accelerator and drove away.
Garcia’s daughter was dragged behind the car for approximately 300 feet, police said.
An unnamed adult male bystander saw the incident and intervened, according to police. Garcia reportedly hit the brakes at this point, and the bystander and grandmother attempted to remove her from the vehicle.
When they were unable to do so, Garcia continued driving. The bystander was then dragged a “short distance.”
The grandmother and bystander told police Garcia then fled the scene in her car.
Officers later located Garcia hiding behind some bushes on the grandmother’s property. They attempted to take her into custody. She allegedly resisted arrest and kicked one or more of the officers. She was later booked into Orange County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment and battery against an officer of the peace.
The child and bystander were both taken to area hospitals and treated for moderate injuries.