Lincoln County, Mo. - A Minnesota woman has been charged after a crash on Highway 61 that left an infant severely injured.
According to a crash report and a probable cause statement by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 18, a purple 2013 Ford Fusion driven by Dectrini Boldien, 30, of Red Wing, Minnesota, was heading northbound on Hwy 61 when it lost control and struck the side of a 2004 Ford F-450 Super Duty, driven by 34-year-old Adan Santay-Cuyuch, of St. Louis. In the process, a 2010 Toyota Prius, driven by John Long, 38, of St. Charles, struck the rear of Boldien’s vehicle.
When a MSHP trooper reported to the scene around 7 a.m., a Troy Police officer told him three people had been transported to SSM St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lake St. Louis by the Lincoln County Ambulance District for treatment, including a three-month-old infant.
A witness to the crash said the child restraint was installed into the Fusion, but the infant was not buckled into it. The witness was able to remove the restraint, and locate the child, who was face down into the seat into a crevice, near a seat buckle. The infant was not breathing, so the witness began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until help arrived.
The infant was transported to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where the hospital reported the infant has been diagnosed with “extensive subarachnoid hemorrhages, bilateral subdural hemorrhages, mandible fractures, multiple rib fractures and pulmonary contusions.”
Medical staff also reported the infant was intubated and “is neurologically devastated.”
Neither Boldien nor the infant was in any safety devices during the crash.
Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Wood said the infant would suffer “severe and lasting neurological damage because of the accident.”
“It’s upsetting to say the least,” he said.
According to Cardinal Glennon, the State of Minnesota Children’s Division informed the hospital Boldien has five other children, who have been taken into its custody because Boldien left them in a locked car – and refused to give their location when she was taken into custody on unrelated criminal warrants.
Olmstead County Health, Housing and Human Services Division in Minnesota has reported Boldien has “unaddressed mental health needs, appears to be in hiding with the infant and the infant’s surroundings endanger the infant’s health, safety or welfare.”
Boldien has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, causing serious physical injury without sexual conduct, which Wood said is a Class B felony punishable to up to 15 years in prison.
She was transported to SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, but once she is fit for transport, Boldien will be booked at the Lincoln County Jail. Due to the fact she was fleeing from Minnesota with an infant when the crash occurred, bond has been set at $250,000, cash only.
Wood said there is still a great deal of unanswered questions with the case, and his office will be working with Minnesota officials get those answers.
“This investigation is still ongoing – and additional charges may be sought at this time,” Wood said.
(All persons charged of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)