Police: Baby not buckled in car seat during OVI crash; Dayton woman indicted

DAYTON — A 29-year-old Dayton woman is accused of allowing a 14-month-old boy to ride unbuckled in the front seat of a car during a drunken driving crash earlier this year.

Diamond L. Cross was indicted Friday by a Montgomery County grand jury for aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of endangering children, all felonies; a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle under the influence and a minor misdemeanor traffic violation of failure to secure a child in a child restraint system.

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According to a Dayton traffic report, Cross was driving a gray 2003 Pontiac Bonneville west on Germantown Street at an unknown rate of speed around 6:25 p.m. March 25 when she attempted to make a left turn to head south on Danner Avenue. The report stated Cross failed to maintain control of the car and drove over the east curb and struck an RTA pole.

Cross was driving with three children in the car, an 11-year-old girl and two boys age 14 months and 3 months, according to the report. The girl was in the right front passenger seat, the 14-month-old boy sat in the middle front seat and the 3-month-old baby was in the back passenger side seat. All three children were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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A warrant was issued Friday for Cross’ arrest. As of Tuesday, she isn’t in the jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 6 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

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