Car seat under investigation after baby thrown from crash in Cocke County

1996 Ford Explorer rolled after coming around a curve on I-40E (Courtesy: Newport Plain Talk)

NEWPORT (WATE) – Charges are pending against the mother of a baby seriously injured after being thrown from a car during a crash in Newport last week and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating whether the car seat was working properly.

Department of Children’s Services says they are aware of this accident and are investigating

Tennessee Department of Transportation said Brittany Rankin, 19, from Morristown was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer around a curve on Interstate 40 near mile marker 431, when she veered off the shoulder, overcorrecting and hitting a cable barrier. The SUV rolled over, ejecting the infant from its rear facing car seat. Investigators said the car seat was buckled in, but the infant was not buckled into his harness.

The Cocke County Fire Department says they work hundreds of car wrecks each year and they were one of the first to arrive on scene Friday.

“Calls for children are always difficult, especially an infant. So you try to get there as fast as you can and help as best as you can,” said firefighter Cody Strom.

Strom says as soon as he got to the accident scene, he started praying. “I’m a Christian guy, I believe in God, but to take care of the young one. To take mercy on the child and provide the best outcome.”

Markings were still visible on the pavement Monday where THP investigators are trying to piece together the accident.

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“It was pretty hard being a young one you know,” said Strom.

At last check the baby was in stable condition but because the two-month-old is a minor, hospitals cannot release information.

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