A Pittsburgh mother is in jail after reportedly drunkenly dropping her 5-month-old child twice and attempting to run away.
The incident occurred at the Wood Street T Station in downtown Pittsburgh on March 15. Kari Vallance, 30, was trying to get through a revolving door when her baby was ejected from the stroller, KDKA reports.
The child was stuck between the door and the frame and Vallance continued to try to push the stroller through while the baby was on the ground, according to witnesses. Surveillance footage also captured the incident.
Vallance then put the baby back in the stroller and pushed it off the curb. The baby was allegedly once again thrown from the stroller, fell onto the street and was nearly hit by a car.
Several bystanders chased Vallance, who started running away. They also contacted the authorities.
When police arrived, they said Vallance had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. She reportedly kept saying, “I’m not a bad mother,” and kept asking, “Will I get my baby back?”
The baby was taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for treatment. Port Authority police Lt. Shawn Hudzinski told Trib Live News that the child suffered minor scrapes and was reported in good condition the following morning.
Hudzinski added that the mother was “apparently unaware of what was going on.”
He said Vallance “was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol — slurred speech, unsteady on her feet, her eyes were red and bloodshot, and she had saliva coming out of her mouth.”
Last year, the mother pleaded guilty to prostitution charges and was sentenced to a year of probation. She also pleaded guilty to retail theft and criminal conspiracy in 2007, court records show.
Vallance is facing charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and public drunkenness. She remains in Allegheny County Jail on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on March 26.
Photo Credit: Armstrong County Jail via KDKA