Houston mother charged with murder after crash kills 4-year-old girl, injures 4 other kids, deputies say

Authorities say the family was leaving a baby shower party when the crash happened

Deputies are investigating a single vehicle crash that left a child seriously hurt in northeast Harris County (KPRC)

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A Houston mother is charged with murder after Harris County sheriff’s deputies said she left a baby shower party and crashed her vehicle, killing her 4-year-old daughter and injuring four other children.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m., Sunday, in the 4200 block of E. Sam Houston Parkway N., in Houston.

Deputies said the woman, identified as 25-year-old Rosalia Sanchez, struck a traffic signal device and a concrete barrier wall before her vehicle came to a halt in the southbound service road near Woodforest, according to a report from KSAT’s sister station, KPRC.

Five children were in the vehicle at the time of the crash, ranging in age between 2-years-old and 10-years-old, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

One of the children, a 4-year-old girl, died from critical injuries at the hospital. The other four children were injured and taken to Texas Children’s Hospital, according to KPRC.

Authorities said Sanchez showed signs of intoxication following the crash, and she was initially charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger and intoxication assault, per KPRC.

However, after her child was pronounced deceased at the hospital, her charges were upgraded to felony murder.

We’ll bring more updates to this story as they become available.

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