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Needless tragedy: 12-year-old girl dies after drunk Texas mom makes her ride on car trunk for absurd reason

Creekside Community Pool in Crowley, Texas
One child has died after a risky ride home from the Creekside Community Pool. Photo via Facebook
Kisha Young mugshot
Kisha Young, 38, was arrested on June 17. Photo courtesy Crowley Police

The 12-year-old girl who fell from a moving car — after an allegedly drunk mom had her ride on the top of the vehicle because of a wet bathing suit — has died from her head injuries. The Crowley Police Department reports that the girl was taken off life support around 11:30 pm on June 25.

Watkins died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The girl was one of six children who rode home from the Creekside Community Pool on the hood of a car. An allegedly intoxicated Kisha Young, the mother of some of the children, was behind the wheel.

 Young has been charged with intoxication assault, serious bodily injury to a child and driving while intoxicated with a child. 

Young, 38, and another mother who was a passenger, had their children "ride outside the vehicle" because their clothes were wet from swimming. The kids, ages 8 to 14, fell off the car once it was in motion.

Police said at least three of the children suffered serious injuries.

Thus far, Young has been charged with intoxication assault, serious bodily injury to a child and driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15. She was released from jail on a $110,000 bond last week.

The Crowley Police Department said in a statement that it is working with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office to determine what "further actions" will be taken on this case.

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