Mom charged after baby was hit and killed in SE Houston

The mother of an 18-month-old boy has been charged after the baby was killed by a car in southeast Houston.

Police say Gissel Vasquez, 18, was charged with endangering a child. Investigators said the toddler was following his mother into the parking lot when he fell behind. She was not holding her baby's hand. At the same time, police say a driver who was pulling forward in her vehicle hit the boy with her left front tire before driving out of the parking lot.

The child was unresponsive as witnesses tried to help. Officers who arrived at the scene pronounced the child dead.

The driver came back a few minutes later and was given a sobriety test, which is standard in fatality cases.

Vasquez was taken to the hospital after suffering emotional distress.

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