KEY POINTS

  • The child was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery
  • The mother managed to flee before police could arrest her 
  • No child restraint seat was found in the woman's car

A six-year-old girl was found bleeding and wandering alone on the streets in Georgia after her drunken mother crashed the car they were traveling in, police said. 

Officers were called to Noah's Ark Road at Jonesboro, Clayton County, Georgia, around 10 p.m. Tuesday after residents heard a loud crash, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A resident, who went outside on hearing the bang, spotted the injured child wandering around. She was immediately taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. An update on the child's health status was not available till Thursday afternoon. Officers also refused to provide more information about where the child is now.

The Clayton County Police said the woman, Jasmine Goodridge, was driving east when her car crossed into the westbound lane, went off and flipped into the nearby woods. Though she was taken along with her child to the hospital, Goodridge managed to flee before the police could arrest her. 

During the crash investigation, the woman reportedly admitted to the police that she had been drinking but maintained that she "felt fine to drive," the Clayton police said in a news release.

Officers discovered a receipt from inside the vehicle which showed Goodridge had purchased alcohol just a few hours earlier. Authorities said they searched for a child restraint seat inside the car but couldn't find one. 

The police have secured warrants against the woman and a search has been launched. 

Goodridge will face several charges in connection with the crash, including DUI alcohol less safe, child endangerment by DUI, serious injury by vehicle, reckless conduct, and driving too fast for conditions. 

The police said she will have to face additional charges for not using a child restraint while traveling with a six-year-old. 

The Clayton County police have also urged people with information about Goodridge to contact them. 

Last year, a Long Island mother had put the lives of her three children at stake when she drunkenly drove an SUV and crashed it into a home in Brentwood. The wild crash, caught on camera, showed the car barging into the kitchen of the home, followed by the panicked screams of children. Luckily, none of them were hurt in the incident. 

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