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6 kids hurt, boy loses foot in suspected drunk-driving crash

Stanesha Allen
A mother of six has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after a rollover accident that injured herself and six children inside her SUV, including a boy who had to have his foot amputated.

Stanesha Allen, 31, of Lake Los Angeles, was driving the 2002 Toyota Sequoia east on East Avenue I about 5:15 a.m. Sunday when she lost control of the vehicle, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The SUV flipped over four times, leaving some of the children partially ejected, officials said.

Investigators were trying to determine if all the children were wearing seat belts or if they were restrained in car seats.

Paramedics airlifted a 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl to Antelope Valley Hospital with major injuries, including head trauma.

They took the driver and the remaining four children to the same hospital via ambulance. Their injuries were described as "minor to moderate."

A 2-year-old boy, who was in a car seat, had to have his foot amputated, officials said.

Three of the victims are believed to be Allen's children. Two are believed to be her foster children, and another is believed to be her niece.

Allen had attended a wedding the night before, had picked up the children from a caretaker that morning and was on her way home when the crash occurred, said CHP Officer Joshua Wupperfeld.

"These are six innocent children," Wupperfeld said Sunday in a news conference. "They were harmed because of somebody's selfish mistake."

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-- Abby Sewell

Photo: Stanesha Allen. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

 
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