Massachusetts State Police

Police: Woman Left Severely Injured Child Behind After OUI Crash

Massachusetts State Police say both children, ages 6 and 10, suffered severe but non-life-threatening injuries

A Massachusetts woman is facing several charges, including operating under the influence, after her car flipped into a ditch and then she allegedly left a child behind at the scene.

Police say 37-year-old Cecilia D. Miranda, of Revere, was driving on Route 16 near the Route 1 on-ramp when she rolled her Nissan Kicks. The car came to a rest in a ditch adjacent to Route 16. Two children were seriously injured in the crash.

State police were called to the scene for reports of a single-vehicle crash just after midnight Sunday, but the driver and occupants were gone when they arrived. Witnesses told investigators that the driver took the youngest of the two children, identified later as a 6-year-old boy, and left in a bystander's car. Witnesses said the older child, later identified as a 10-year-old boy, was left behind. Both children were reported by witnesses to have severe injuries.

Witnesses told police that a bystander stopped and took the 10-year-old boy in their vehicle, reportedly to a local hospital.

State police troopers located Miranda and the 6-year-old boy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Miranda was subsequently arrested.

Officials at East Boston Neighborhood Healthcare Center later called police to report that a 10-year-old boy had been dropped off at their facility with severe injuries.

Troopers responded to the center and determined that the injured child was involved in the crash. The 10-year-old boy was transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

Police say both children have severe but non-life-threatening injuries.

Miranda is facing numerous charges: operating under the influence of alcohol with serious bodily injury and negligent operation, two counts of child endangerment while operating under the influence, open container of alcohol, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, abandoning a motor vehicle, having a child under eight years old without a car seat, and a marked lanes violation.

Miranda was bailed and released Sunday. She will be arraigned Monday in Chelsea District Court. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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