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Four children discharged after alleged DUI crash in Lancaster

Stanesha Allen

Four of six children injured in an alleged drunk-driving crash in Lancaster have been released from the hospital, while two remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, authorities said Monday.

Stanesha Allen, the mother of three of the children, foster mother of two and aunt of one, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving but remained in the hospital for treatment of injuries.

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 four times, leaving some of the children partially ejected, officials said.

Two of the children were airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital with critical injuries. The other four and Allen were taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor to moderate injuries.

Four of the children were discharged Sunday, hospital spokeswoman Julie Triggs said.

The two seriously injured children, a 4-year-old girl and a 22-month-old boy, were transferred to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, respectively. 

The boy was in stable condition Monday, while the girl's condition was critical, CHP spokeswoman Sgt. Denise Joslin said.

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


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

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