A Schenectady woman is facing felony charges after her daughters jumped onto her car in the hopes of forcing her to take them for ice cream and she hit her brakes and dumped them onto the pavement, one after the other, police said.
The girls, ages 12 and 14, were injured Tuesday evening, police said, as the mother attempted to drive to the store. The children jumped onto the car, then the mother backed up, causing one girl to jump off, and then drove a distance down the street, hit the brakes and knocked the other one off.
The 14-year-old was eventually taken to Albany Medical Center, where she was in critical condition Thursday with a head injury, Police Department spokesman Sgt. Eric Clifford said.
Charged with felony second-degree assault and two counts of felony first-degree reckless endangerment is LaTasha Daniels, 38, of Foster Avenue. She was arraigned Thursday morning and ordered held on $2,500 bail.
The girls’ injuries were initially thought to be minor, police said.
Paramedics could be seen treating one of the girls that night, neighbor David Roman said Thursday. Roman and his wife watched the scene from their balcony on Foster Avenue.
“She was screaming the whole time,” Roman said of one of the girls. “[The mother] was screaming, too.”
The children were taken to Ellis Hospital to be checked because of their age, Clifford said. Tests there showed that the 14-year-old had a brain injury, and she was taken by helicopter to Albany Med.
The incident began just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the family’s Foster Avenue home. The mother was going to Stewart’s for milk. The girls wanted to go with her for ice cream, Clifford said.
But the mother told them they couldn’t come, then got in the car and locked the doors, Clifford said. It was then that the girls jumped onto the car, the 12-year-old on the trunk, the 14-year-old on the roof.
The 12-year-old ended up lying on her back on the trunk. Daniels then allegedly put the car in drive, prompting the girl to jump off, hitting her head, back and buttocks on the ground, according to papers filed in court.
The 14-year-old flew off the car about 200 feet down the road, at Foster Avenue and Seneca Street, after Daniels slammed on her brakes, according to papers.
The mother called police from the scene, Clifford said. The 12-year-old was able to run back inside and called police herself two minutes later. Police arrived as the second call was placed.
The car, a Honda Accord, has been taken as evidence.
“A vehicle is a dangerous instrument,” Clifford said. “You don’t play around with vehicles.”