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Mother runs over her 3-YO child with an SUV while playing a game and ends up killing the boy

Mother runs over her 3-YO child with an SUV while playing a game and ends up killing the boy

At first, it was believed that a mother named Lexus Lashell Stagg accidentally ran over her 3-year-old son and she claimed that she did not see the child while backing up her SUV.

Trigger warning: contains video footage and descriptions that may be distressing to some.

At first, it was believed that a mother named Lexus Lashell Stagg accidentally ran over her 3-year-old son and she claimed that she did not see the child while backing up her SUV.

However, witnesses saw 26-year-old Lexus speeding up towards her three children and while the older two children managed to get out of the way, the youngest one, who was called Lord Renfro couldn't escape and was run over by two wheels of the SUV. Lexus was aware of the children being in front of her but still drove towards them.

According to Metro, Lexus was playing "Chicken," which is a game where a pedestrian and a vehicle are meant to move towards each other. Then, whoever first gets out of the way to escape the collision is given the label of "chicken."

The negligence that Lexus showed by playing the game cost the innocent three-year-old boy's life. When the police first spoke to her about the incident, she told them that when she hit the boy, she thought her tire hit a pothole in the road.



 

Sticking to her story of it being an accident, Lexus had also put up a post on Facebook saying, "God What Do I Tell My 5 Year Old Daughter Who Witnessed Her Brothers Death. Late Nights Like This, Every Night && Day She Has Came 2 Me Crying, Mommy I Miss My Lil Brother, Is Lordy Coming Back??? ‘&& As Much As I Do My Best 2 Explain Things 2 Her 2 Make It Easier, She Doesn’t Understand && I Don’t Expect Her 2. My Heart Mourns 4 My Baby Because Her Baby Brother Was Truly Her #BESTFRIEND."

However, as the investigation into the incident was carried out, the story Lexus gave was busted and the surveillance footage that was captured had shown the police how the mother intentionally drove towards her children on the day of June 11, 2019.



 

What was also horrifying is that after she first hit the boy with the SUV, she continued driving, which meant that a tire went over Lord Renfro not once but twice.

"She initially said, 'I didn’t know he was there. And he just got under the wheel,'" Jodi Silva, a spokesperson for the Houston Police Department told People. Silva added that Lexus had "intentionally [drove] forward with the intention … they would get out of the way."

Prosecutor Sean Teare, who described the incident as it was captured in the surveillance footage, said, according to ABC13, "She was in her car and her children were playing in front of her in the parking lot. She put her car into reverse and drove at least 100 feet. The three kids followed her, followed the car, at which point, the defendant put her car into drive and drove toward her children as they were running toward her. The two older children were able to get out of the way, and tragically, the younger child was not and was run over by two of her tires."



 

A neighbor named Walter Turcios, who saw the gut-wrenching incident said that the kids were mostly left without adult supervision. Walter said, "I felt bad, because those parents, they were never there, they were kind of negligent. (The kids were) always out here without supervision."

In the past, other questionable instances of Lexus's parenting had resulted in two of her older children being removed from her custody and sent to live with their relative in 2013. Years after the two children were taken away, Lexus had three more children, out of which, three-year-old Lord Renfro lost his life in a tragic manner. After his life was taken by his own mother's actions, Lord Renfro passed away in the hospital from his injuries on the same night.

Lexus was later arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide. She was seen weeping uncontrollably during one of her court appearances.



 

According to ABC13, District Attorney Kim Ogg said, "Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves. Cars aren't toys and playing chicken with your kids isn't a game."

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