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Toddler dies in alleged drunk-driving crash

Posted at 11:12 AM, Sep 16, 2018

State Police have arrested a Baton Rouge man in connection with a Saturday crash that left a two-year-old dead.

The crash happened on La. 70 near La. 3120 in Ascension Parish.

Malashia Tumblin, 2, died in the crash, state police say.

John T. Henderson, 27, was taken from the scene to the Ascension Parish Jail where he submitted to a breath test to determine impairment, the results of which were 0.103g% BAC, state police say. Henderson was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail with first-offense DWI, vehicular homicide, four couts vehicular negligent injuring, first-degree vehicular negligent injury, failure to use child restrains, running a stop sign and failure to wear a seat belt.

State Police say the crash happened when Henderson, who was driving a pick-up truck east on La. 3120, ran a stop sign and drove into the path of another pick-up truck that was traveling south on La. 70.

There were three children and another adult in Henderson’s truck with him. None of them were wearing a seat belt and none of the children were in car seats, state police say.

The child who died, Malashia Tumblin, was transported from the scene with critical injuries to Prevost Memorial Hospital in Donaldsonville, where she died. A 6-year-old female passenger sustained critical injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. A 4-year-old male passenger sustained moderate injuries, and a 27-year-old female sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to OLOL as well.

The man driving the southbound truck and his female passenger were both properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries, and both were transported from the scene to OLOL. A male passenger in that vehicle was uninjured. Although there is no suspicion of impairment for this driver, according to standard procedures a toxicology sample was obtained from him to be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, state police say.