Mother charged with intentionally crashing car with kids in backseat

February 15, 2018 06:34 AM

A mother of three is behind bars after police say she intentionally ran her car into a concrete median on 490. Three kids in the backseat -- ages two, five, and seven -- were not in car seats and suffered head injuries.  

Thirty-year-old Christina Clinton appeared before a Rochester City Court judge on Wednesday to answer to criminal contempt, assault with intent to cause injury and DWAI charges. She’s being held on $5,000 bail, $15,000 bond.  

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Clinton did not have custody of her children at the time of the crash.  According to investigators she said she was bi-polar and had not been taking her medication at the time of the crash. She was also charged with being under the influence of marijuana.  

Court paperwork indicates Clinton picked up her mother at work in Webster Thursday evening, drove to Rochester to pick up the children at daycare and was driving on 490 near Culver road when she and her mother, who has custody of the kids, began arguing.

The children’s grandmother gave a statement to police that reads in part, “My 7-year old granddaughter told me she saw her mother Christina take money out of my purse while we were on 490, we (Christina) were arguing…After I told her she couldn’t stay with us, she said she would kill herself.  She (Christina) got quiet then I think she said, “Oh ya, watch this.”

That’s when the grandmother says, Clinton purposely turned the car into the concrete barrier.  The kids were not in car seats at the time and sustained head injuries.  They were rushed to Strong Hospital and are expected to be okay.  

In the statement given by the grandmother, a heartbreaking comment for the 5-year old reads, “while at the emergency room for Devon, he said, “Mommy tried to kill us” Devon has autism and he even understands what happened.”


Jennifer Lewke

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