HOUSTON, Texas–Earlier this week a service was held at the George W Spencer Funeral Home for 12-year-old Octavia Marie Watkins, according to a recent report by a local Fox News affiliate.
Octavia’s death was easily preventable: she died because she was thrown from the hood of a moving vehicle.
But it’s the reason she was on the roof of the car that has investigators puzzled.
Allegedly, her friend’s mother, who was giving her a ride home from a local pool, ordered the girls to ride on the hood and trunk of the car because she felt their swimsuits were too wet.
According to the report, Octavia and 5 of her friends had just left a community pool when her mother, Yasmin Robles, and her mother’s friend, Kisha Young, arrived in a car to pick them up. The two women were apparently displeased that the children’s swimsuits were still wet, so they ordered them to ride on the hood and trunk of the car.
During the ride home all of the children were seriously injured. Octavia died at a nearby hospital due to blunt force trauma to her skull. The report also stated that Ocatvia’s father had her organs donated before she was taken off of life support.
Octavia’s mom has not been charged with any crimes, but Kisha Young, the driver, has been charged with intoxication, assault to a child, and driving while under the influence.
While reporting on the incident on the nationally syndicated Texas radio show, Walton & Johnson, John Walton said, “This is another bad parenting tragedy that could have been easily prevented. Apparently the Parent of the year awards came early this year for Crowley moms. “
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