Lexus Stagg from Texas has been jailed and charged with killing of her 3-year-old son after running him over with her SUV during a game of “chicken.”
The unfortunate incident happened last week at an apartment complex in Houston. It was initially believed to be an accident because the mother told police she thought she hit a speed bump while in reverse, but authorities said 26-year-old Lexus Stagg is captured on apartment complex surveillance video driving straight into her son in broad daylight.
Stagg was going in reverse as three of her children were running toward her SUV but then she put her 2006 Lincoln Navigator into drive and drove forward. Two of her kids jumped out the way but her 3-year-old didn’t move fast enough and he was struck. The boy passed away as a result of his injuries, authorities said.
“Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Car’s aren’t toys and playing chicken with your kids isn’t a game.”
On Thursday, she was arrested and prosecutors requested she be held on $50,000 bail, according to a press release from Ogg’s office. It was set by the magistrate judge at only $1,500.
If she is convicted, Stagg is looking at a maximum of 10 years in prison.
She is being prosecuted by the Vehicular Crimes Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“You should be playing Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to try and dodge a 5,600 pound deadly weapon,” said Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division.
The two other young children involved were reportedly removed from her home. Back in 2013, Stagg had two older children taken from her home and placed under the care of child protective services, according to CNN affiliate KTRK.