Airbag Deploys, Kills Toddler on Mother's Lap

Monday, Apr 18, 2011  |  Updated 2:08 PM CDT
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Airbag Deploys, Kills Toddler on Mother's Lap

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An unrestrained toddler has died after a Dallas wreck in which she was smashed by an airbag that deployed as she sat on her mother's lap in the pickup.

Dallas police say the man driving the truck Sunday night abandoned the vehicle after it hit a light pole. He later surrendered and was jailed Monday facing charges of manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid.

Police say the mother was wearing a seat belt, in the front passenger seat, and holding the girl. Police say the weight difference between the mother and the child as the airbag deployed caused blunt force trauma to the youngster. The name of the 18-month-old victim was not immediately released.

Further details on the mother were not immediately released.

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