A father from Longview, Texas was arrested on multiple charges after his 11-year-old daughter jumped from his moving car, after he smoked some synthetic weed while driving, and started acting “crazy” behind the wheel.
The News Journal reported on Feb. 25, that police received a call Sunday night about an injured girl crawling across a roadway near South High Street in Gregg County.
According to the police report:
… police found the girl near the side of a building in the area with abrasions to her face, arms, chest, legs, side, wrist and shoulders.
The girl said she injured herself in an attempt to get away from her father, 35-year-old Tazille Madison III,” who was “driving crazy” after he took “something that made him crazy.””
The girl said that her father was driving erratically, swerving into oncoming traffic, and “that she felt like he was trying to kill himself and her.”
The daughter jumped from the moving vehicle in an effort to save her own life. Her dad’s SUV was traveling around 50 or 60 miles per hour when she jumped, according to KTRE.
Not too long after police encountered the injured 11-year-old girl, they received a report of a car wreck in the area.
When police arrived at the scene of the nearby car accident, they discovered the girl’s father had rammed his Chevy Tahoe into a building. Madison was found in the wrecked Tahoe, “partially on the center console and partially in the driver’s seat.”
Madison got out of the SUV telling the officer over and over “they’re going to kill me,” and complaining about the damage to his vehicle and his insurance, according to the report.
Eventually, Madison confessed to police that while he was driving his daughter to the store, he stopped at an acquaintance’s house - and that he’d “taken a couple of hits of K-2.”
Madison said he had no memory of the erratic drive with his daughter, except to say that “things just went crazy” and that “it was like a dream and his daughter went out the car.”
The father told the arresting officers that he didn’t realize that his daughter had actually jumped out of his moving vehicle.
Madison was arrested and booked on charges of child abandonment or endangering child with bodily injury, driving without a license, and, no motor vehicle insurance.
The 11-year-old daughter was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview where she was diagnosed with facial fractures, a skull fracture, and, bleeding in her brain.
The little girl was flown to Children's Medical Center in Dallas for additional emergency treatment.
Madison was released from the Gregg County Jail on Sunday, after paying a $10,000 bond.
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