14 month old thrown from getaway

June 13th, 2011 by Staff

www.dailymail.co.uk — A 14-month-old girl is in serious condition at a South Carolina hospital after being thrown from a speeding getaway car on Thursday night.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said three suspects, including the girl’s mother, were caught shoplifting at discount retailer KMart in Columbia before the accident occurred.

The baby girl suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and multiple abrasions.

Doctors are monitoring her condition at the intensive care unit at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.

Authorities told WISTV.com they responded to a shoplifting call at a local KMart shortly after 9:00pm on Thursday.

When deputies arrived, KMart security had 21-year-old Courtney NaShawn Palmer in custody.

Captain Chris Cowan said: ‘We know that three people went into the KMart with a child in the vehicle. We know that as they arrived at the KMart that they were there to shoplift.’

Security officers told deputies that Palmer and another woman, later identified as 20-year-old Courtney Nicole-Francetta Mace, the mother of the injured baby, got into a scuffle with security officers after being confronted and accused of stealing from the store.

Deputies said 22-year-old Kimberly Moody was waiting in the getaway car at the time when she noticed what was going on and sped away from the KMart parking lot.

The child was not restrained and the door was not secure, causing her to fly out of the vehicle.

Captain Cowan reported: ‘She (Moody) hit the accelerate. She accelerated to a high rate of speed, sending a one-year-old out of the back of the vehicle into the parking lot, causing serious injury.’

‘Once she realises the child’s been thrown out of the vehicle, she stops.

‘She and the other individual come running out of the KMart, picked the child up, put the child in the car, and then take the child to the hospital.’

The child suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and multiple abrasions, Deputy Curtis Wilson confirmed.

Moody was charged yesterday with unlawful conduct towards a child and has since posted bail.

Palmer was arrested on Thursday night and charged with shoplifting after attempting to steal two bottles of body spray, a bottle of body wash, a stick of deodorant, a pair of earrings, and a pack of tissue totalling $29.61, according to authorities.

A judge granted Palmer a $2,130 personal recognizance bond yesterday. She has also posted bail.

Mace was arrested on Friday night and charged with two counts of assault and battery as well as one count of unlawful conduct toward a child.

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