Raul Robles-Casiano, 40, received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to neglect of a dependent. He was charged after a car crash that occurred on May 19, 2022, in which he was injured, as well as his four-year-old son, who sustained two broken legs and an injury over his right eye.
According to police, the father told them his son had not been properly restrained in a child seat at the time of the crash because he was driving a different car from the usual one he drove. The child was only in a lap belt and not in a proper car seat, and the brakes did not function well on the car. Douglas Walker "Richmond father's sentence suspended in neglect case stemming from car crash" https://www.pal-item.com/story/news/crime/2023/10/09/richmond-father-sentenced-for-neglect-in-car-crash-that-injured-son/71115960007/ (Oct. 09, 2023).
Commentary and Checklist
A recent CDC report states that, "In 2021, 711 child passengers ages 12 and younger were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, and in 2020 more than 63,000 were injured." Of the total number of children killed in a car crash, 36 percent were not buckled up.
For adults who transport children, it is important to make certain the children are in the proper type of seat and belt configuration, which can vary by age and child weight.
Here are links to information about proper vehicle restraints: