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Woman In High-Speed Chase Had Child In The Car

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A Florida woman had been arrested after a 3-year-old girl was injured during a 90 mph car chase.

Justine Olesky, 33, had a physical fight with her boyfriend before the incident on Nov. 5, according to WGHP. After the boyfriend left, Olesky reportedly put the young girl into her car in the passenger seat and did not have her put on a seat belt or use a car seat.

While driving after her boyfriend, Olesky reached up to 90 mph, according to police. When Olesky spotted the man, she hit the brakes, sending the young girl flying into the windshield, where she hit her head with so much force it cracked the glass.

According to deputies, there were strands of blond hair left in the glass from where the girl hit her head.

After the girl hit her head, police reported that Olesky didn't seem to be concerned about the child, and deputies said that she "continued to talk about her boyfriend."

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Police said Olesky kept talking about her boyfriend even when officers brought up the topic of the young girl's safety.

The girl was taken to the hospital for her injuries, which were not considered to be serious.

"Luckily, no serious injury," said the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, reports WFTS.

Olesky denied the incident and said she did not remember what had happened. She did admit the windshield had not been shattered before the incident.

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Olesky has been charged with child abuse and domestic battery. Her bail was set at $12,500.

In another story in Louisiana, a child died in a car crash because she was not in a car seat, KATC reports. Grace Loustalot, 37, was arrested for vehicular homicide after her car slid off the road into a ditch, causing a 2-year-old child, who had not been secured in a car seat, to be ejected from the vehicle.

Temperance Finister died in the crash. Two other children who were wearing seatbelts, as well as Loustalot, who was not the 2-year-old's mother, had only minor injuries from the incident, said police.

Police said they consider impairment to be a factor in the crash.

Loustalot was charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, no child restraint, careless operation, expired motor vehicle inspection sticker and possession of schedule IV narcotics.

"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children 2 years old and younger should be properly restrained in a rear facing child restraint," said state police in a statement. "Children 12 years and younger should always ride in the rear seat. Every occupant in a motor vehicle is required by Louisiana law to be properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. 96% of child restraints are installed improperly."

Sources: WGHP, WFTS, KATC / Featured Image: Jim Champion/Flickr / Embedded Images: WGHP, Lee Haywood/Flickr

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