Mom charged after fatally running over son in game of 'chicken': police
Published Sunday, June 23, 2019 2:10PM EDT
An American mother has been charged after fatally running over her three-year-old son in a game of “chicken,” investigators say.
Lexus Stagg, 26, is seen on surveillance video driving her 2006 Lincoln Navigator into her son, according to District Attorney Kim Ogg in Harris County, Texas.
Little Lord Renfro is seen running with two siblings towards the reversing SUV in the video, before the tragedy on June 11.
The child was caught under the right tire after the initial impact, Ogg explained in the statement.
Stagg continued to drive forward and ran over the child again with the back right tire, she said.
“Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves,” Ogg said.
“Car’s aren’t toys and playing chicken with your kids isn’t a game.”
The child died as a result of the injuries, officials confirmed. Stagg has since been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
“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, which is prosecuting Stagg.
Teare said the video speaks for itself.
"Criminally negligent homicide means you are acting with gross negligence, you are acting in such a negligent manner that it rises to the level of criminality,” he told KTRK-TV.
Stagg was arrested June 20 and appeared in court the next morning. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
Stagg posted pictures of her son on Facebook asking how she is supposed to tell her five year old daughter about the accident.
Child protection services previously removed two older children from Stagg’s care in 2013, according to KTRK-TV.