Police in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, recently released disturbing surveillance video from a car crash that sent a baby flying and killed the driver.
The footage, which was captured by a video camera operated by Ohio’s Department of Transportation, shows the car going off the side of the road and rolling as the 7-month-old baby flies out of the car, television station WLWT in Cincinnati reported last Friday.
The baby boy was critically injured in the crash, but has recovered and is staying with relatives, according to the TV station.
The man driving behind the car that crashed told police he couldn’t believe what he saw.
“The baby came out and landed on the rocks, so the gentleman picked it up, and he couldn’t believe, number one he said: that the baby was alive and that he was physically and mentally distraught after seeing that occur right in front of him,” said Lt. Rich Whitford with the Fort Thomas Police Department.
A child seat was found in the vehicle. “Was it utilized at the time of the accident? We do not know,” Whitford told WLWT.
The crash, which occurred in February, killed the driver who authorities said was high on heroin at the time.
The baby’s parents, 34-year-old Amanda Thomas and 42-year-old Billy Lee Jones, were in the car at the time of the crash. Police are now searching for them.
Investigators say they just received blood test results showing both parents were also high on heroin at the time, which was why it took so long to file the charges, according to WLWT.
“We’ve been trying to call and going there trying to find them. There’s a warrant. There’s a $50,000 bond, so if they do see this, call. Call the Fort Thomas Police, or turn yourself in at this time,” said Whitford.
Thomas and Jones have been charged in connection with the crash, according to police.
“The parents have been charged with criminal abuse second degree, that is they wantonly or knowingly or consciously had in their care someone under the age of 12, which was their child at the time, and put them in serious physical risk of injury or death,