An Indiana man is accused of punching his girlfriend as she drove her four children—leading to a crash that killed her 6-year-old daughter.
The Star Press reported that Nathaniel Leon Jordan, 27, (pictured left) allegedly punched Jessica Skeens, 28, (pictured right) in the face and grabbed the steering wheel prior to Sunday’s crash. The van is said to have driven off of the Muncie Bypass, a four-lane highway, and rolled over into a ditch.
According to People, Taelyn Woodson, 6, (pictured center) was sitting the back row and died when she was partially ejected from the window. A preliminary report revealed that the two children sitting in the middle row were in restraints while Woodson and another child in the back were not in child restraint seats.
Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn told The Press that the 6-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Her three siblings were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Skeens suffered a broken arm in the incident.
“She was so beautiful,” Woodson’s grandmother, Kathy Parris, told WRTV. “She was the happiest child you could be around. She had a loving heart and loved to color and draw.”
6y.o. Taelyn Woodson, killed yesterday in a crash in Muncie. Police say her mom was punched by her boyfriend while driving, causing crash. pic.twitter.com/2f5qmcRXli
— Matt McClellan RTV6 (@mcclellantv) May 29, 2017
Jordan was arrested after being treated for minor injuries, according to a press release obtained by People. He is currently charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, criminal recklessness, and domestic battery. His bond was set as $57,500.
Authorities announced on Tuesday that Skeens was also arrested in connection with the fatal accident. Police alleged that the mother of four’s blood alcohol content exceeded the .08% legal limit at the time of the crash. The Farmland woman is charged with neglect of a dependent causing death, operating while intoxicated causing the death of another person, operating while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age, and neglect of a dependent, according to WXIN.
[Featured Image: Delaware County Jail (left, right)/WXIN (center)]