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Shocking police chase video of toddler flying through SUV window

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jun 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-13 12:27:34-04

LUBBOCK, Tex. — An officer’s dash camera captured horrifying video of a toddler being thrown from an SUV in a rollover crash that happened when the child’s father was attempting to flee police.

The 18-month-old girl was nearly crushed by the SUV after being thrown through the window, but miraculously she stands up and tries walking back toward the vehicle driven by her father, 17-year-old Kenny Shawn Jimenez.

About 15 seconds after the ejection, an unidentified woman jumps from the vehicle and picks the child up from the roadway.

According to KBCD, there were three other teens, including the tot’s 16-year-old mother, in the SUV at the time. Police said the toddler was sitting in the back of the truck with no seat belt or car seat.

Before the chase, Jimenez and the other teens were accused of robbing a 19-year-old woman of her purse at gunpoint. The woman, Chelsea Betenbough, called the police who gave chase to the vehicle.

KBCD reports that witnesses in the neighborhood said two of the suspects were seen running down the street with the child and they were later arrested in a woman's backyard.

The toddler was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries and released into the custody of relatives.

Source: KBCD, Texas and Ryan Sullivan.