5-month-old killed in crash; mother faces DWI charge

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Posted on April 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 4:03 PM

COVINGTON, La. – A Franklinton woman is expected to be booked on charges once she is released from the hospital after her five-month-old son was killed in a crash in Washington Parish.  State Police suspect she was impaired at the time of crash, according to a release from State Police spokesman Trooper Nick Manale.

Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, State Police responded to a crash on LA 16, just outside of Enon in Washington Parish. 

Brittany Hartfield, 19, of Franklinton, was headed west on the highway, when she drifted off the road to the right for 200 feet before hitting a guardrail and flipping into a creek bed, according to Manale.

“Hartfield, her two-year-old daughter, and five-month-old infant son, Hunter Hartfield, were properly restrained at the time of the crash.  Hartfield was able to exit the vehicle with her two-year-old daughter prior to the arrival of emergency units.  The five-month-old infant passenger remained trapped in the partially submerged vehicle until extricated by rescue personnel,” said a statement from Manale.

All three were taken to the hospital. Hunter Hatfield died at the hospital, according to Manale.

Investigating troopers suspect Hartfield was impaired at the time of the crash and obtained a blood sample to be submitted for analysis at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, according to Manale.

When Hartfield is released from the hospital, she will be booked into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of DWI with child endangerment and reckless operation. Hartfield is expected to face additional charges, according to Manale.

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