The young girl grabbed the door handle of the passenger side of her car, telling her mom to stop.
A mom in California has been arrested after she reportedly dragged her young daughter along the road in a car. The little girl was pulled 300 feet along the road as she clung to the car door in an attempt to stop her mother's drunk driving. Police said in a press release that 44-year-old Erin Garcia of Laguna Niguel left her mother's home in Placentia while she was allegedly intoxicated. Her 8-year-old daughter was concerned about her mother driving in that state. So she grabbed the door handle of the passenger side of her car, telling her mother to stop. But instead of stopping, she was dragged away alongside the vehicle for around 300 feet, scraping her legs and feet.
When an 8 year-old girl tried to stop her mother, Erin Garcia, from drunk driving, police allege Garcia ended up dragging both the child and an adult bystander 300 feet with her car https://t.co/1t64iyebw1— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 18, 2021
A male adult onlooker took notice of the situation and intervened, and so did the girl's grandmother. They tried to get 44-year-old Garcia out of the car but failed. Garcia then drove away once more, this time with the bystander being dragged for a "short distance." He managed to get away from the vehicle after which Garcia drove away. After a brief period, Garcia was found hiding behind bushes in the backyard of the grandmother's home. When officials arrived at the scene Garcia resisted by kicking at police when they tried to arrest her. She was successfully captured without later incident, police stated. The girl and the adult onlooker were both taken to hospital with moderate injuries. As for Garcia, who lives in the Orange County city of Laguna Niguel, she was taken to Orange County Jail and has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and battery against an officer, the statement said. Garcia is being held on $100,000 bail and is due to appear in court Monday, according to CBSLA.
Police: 8-Year-Old Girl Dragged By Mother, Erin Garcia Of Laguna Niguel, After Trying To Stop Her From Driving Drunk https://t.co/YnvCS3LokL— Jennifer Wright (@rehtona23) September 18, 2021
Those who read about the case are shocked at how the mother behaved and many agreed that this incident would be so traumatizing to the child that she will remember it for the rest of her life. In the comments section of the Placentia Police Dept. Facebook page, one concerned person shared: OMG! That poor child, trying to take care of her “mother”! Breaks my heart. Another hoped the incident would never repeat itself: What a piece of... Work so not say anything worse .. as a mother this makes me so sad for that poor child that had to see his/ her mother like that. Hope this is a wakeup call for her. A third added: As parents, we are entrusted to protect our children. That sweet little girl will forever have to deal with the emotional trauma of her “mother” I pray the court system does what it should with her. Another shared: Praying for the child and bystander. What a horrible person. My heart breaks for this child. One person hoped the mother will take accountability from now on: I sure hope this woman gets the help she needs!!
Anyone with information on this case is now being asked to call Placentia Police Detectives at (714) 993-8164. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Orange County Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS or on their website.