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Posted at 9:51 AM ET, 05/14/2010

Alcohol likely factor in death of 2-year-old

By Washington Post editors


Prince George's County police say that alcohol, speed and wet road conditions were likely factors in a single-car accident in which a 2-year-old girl was killed Wednesday, ABC 7 reports.

Police say Kiwana Baker-Jennings, 24, lost control of her car near the intersection of Brightseat Road and Arena Drive in Landover about 7:30 p.m. Her car struck a tree and her daughter, Kimyra Chante Brown, was thrown from her child safety seat. Kimyra was found several feet away in the woods. She later died at a nearby hospital.

Baker-Jennings was treated and released at a local hospital with minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 14, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Landover Maryland, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland  
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This drunken, irresponsible woman was going so fast that the car was nearly cut in half by the tree she hit (according to the 5-13-10 WaPo article).

Now if she can just get some TV news cameras rolling, she can put on a sobbing drama queen mother act for them.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 14, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

It's pretty hard to get thrown from a child seat if you are proerly strapped in.

Posted by: FLvet | May 14, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Don't like having a kid to deal with? Here's an idea: Drive drunk with your baby loosely fastened in her carseat. You're problem will be solved, GUARANTEED!

Kiwana Baker-Jennings is dispicable.

Posted by: steampunk | May 14, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

*YOUR

Posted by: steampunk | May 14, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

None of the above people can judge this woman. She actually went to my church. You cant believe everything you here in the media. You never know what a person is going through. How about she just lost a child and she's human and none of you can feel the pain she has to endure for this. No she is not dispicable you are, for even thinking to pass judgement. Im disappointed to even read the nast comments to those who didnt even bother to offer condolences but yet you post nasty comments that are irrelevant. God bless your souls

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Put this loser to death. Just one more worthless P0S. Not surprising.

Posted by: askgees | May 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

None of the above people can judge this woman. She actually went to my church. You cant believe everything you here in the media. You never know what a person is going through. How about she just lost a child and she's human and none of you can feel the pain she has to endure for this. No she is not dispicable you are, for even thinking to pass judgement. Im disappointed to even read the nast comments to those who didnt even bother to offer condolences but yet you post nasty comments that are irrelevant. God bless your souls

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse


So they serve alcohol at the church??? I guess that opens you up to liability. You can also spare us the pity party. She drank, drove like a fool in poor conditions and killed her child.

Posted by: askgees | May 14, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

You know i figured some ignorant person would ask the question do we serve alcohol. No we serve a forgiving God. Yes the circumstances are unfortunate but nvertheless they are in God's will. Maybe you come visit our church because clearly you need it. as i said before God bless your souls

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, @sredfield9? Save your religious nonsense for someone that wants to listen. So it was God's will that this idiot got behind a wheel drunk with her child in the car? Really? And when this lady goes to prison for killing her daughter, will it be that she is then a martyr? Please think before you blather on when it makes no sense.

Posted by: PC71 | May 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

dont worry sredfield9, these commenters are just as miserable too.
these so called self-righteous people are quick to condemn, reluctant to repent for their own mistakes.

Posted by: ryjufox3 | May 14, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

So my question is were all of u there??? or are all of u going by what the media is saying??? oh ok i think you are. Nobody was there and nobosy know's how much alcohol really played a factor. Im done with this going back and forth with ignorant people. Yes Ignorant meaning not aware of something but speaking on something. Good day all! Hopefully something like this never happens to any of u. because then there will be someone blaming you and you will be left with real details of your tragic story. God Bless

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

sredfield9 Yes we can judge. Any adult know that drinking and driving impairs good judgement. She should not have been driving, PERIOD. She was responsible for the well being of her child and she failed to keep her child safe by driving under the influence of alcohol and not strapping the baby in her seat. While I am compassionate about how she is going to fare in the guilt she will have over killing her baby, she is still responsible for her actions. Whatever is going on in our lives, we are still responsible for our own actions. If it was that bad she should have left the baby with a responsible person and if she was with somebody who knew of her condition, they should be charged with murder too.

Posted by: wisepat | May 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

sredfield9 forgot to add that even if she was not under the influence of anything, why didn't she strap the baby down. Maybe she could have lived too.

Posted by: wisepat | May 14, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@wisepat - 100% agree

@sredfield9 - you are correct, none of us were there, but in the absence of any other information, the details suggest that this person made gross and inexcusable mistakes.

Posted by: steve_smith | May 14, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

and again you are WRONG....the child was strapped in. the impact from the car knocked the baby out the seat. So again....were you there...again the answer is NO....

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

and yes details are absent so therefore no one can pass judgement or form an opinion about something they havent a clue about

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard this news on the radio, my heart sunk, for the child and the pain the mother will endure for her loss. I can not imagine the pain of losing a child (I personally have three of my own). As updates of the accident are filtered through the news, my sentiments are still the same....rather alcohol was involved or not. If everything that has been reported is true, this mother made a very bad judgement and as a consequence her child is no longer here.

@Sredfield - There will always be evil people who will say evil things. Don't entertain them. However, as a fellow believer, I would be careful how you state what is God's will. We as Christians do a lot of things that are not in the will of God. Your friend drinking was not the will of God and because her daughter unfortunatley didn't survive, we can't say "It's the Lord's will" We are famous for saying that...we need to be careful.

Posted by: caddyb | May 14, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

and again you are WRONG....the child was strapped in. the impact from the car knocked the baby out the seat. So again....were you there...again the answer is NO....

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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You mean the impact that the driver caused while under the influence with her 2YO in the car? OK....

Posted by: ghokee | May 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

When I first heard this news on the radio, my heart sunk, for the child and the pain the mother will endure for her loss. I can not imagine the pain of losing a child (I personally have three of my own). As updates of the accident are filtered through the news, my sentiments are still the same....rather alcohol was involved or not. If everything that has been reported is true, this mother made a very bad judgement and as a consequence her child is no longer here.

@Sredfield - There will always be evil people who will say evil things. Don't entertain them. However, as a fellow believer, I would be careful how you state what is God's will. We as Christians do a lot of things that are not in the will of God. Your friend drinking was not the will of God and because her daughter unfortunatley didn't survive, we can't say "It's the Lord's will" We are famous for saying that...we need to be careful.

Posted by: caddyb | May 14, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

My condolences go out to the family!

Posted by: stoneyuptwn | May 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So... to all of you who are saying that this woman should go to jail and burn in hell forever... I guess NONE of you has ever ever ever ever ever had a single drink and then gotten in the car with your children? I don't have kids, and I've never had anything to drink when I had kids in my car, BUT... I know MANY MANY MANY responsible, generally law-abiding citizens that have. And if they had had an accident after they had gone to a BBQ in the afternoon and had a beer, or stopped off after work with their kid and had a glass of wine with dinner, then alcohol would've been deemed a "factor".

I have no idea if this was the case or not. Maybe she had one, maybe she had 10. But before you go spouting off at the mouth about it, how about waiting for all the details to come in?

Posted by: bikinibottom | May 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

So... to all of you who are saying that this woman should go to jail and burn in hell forever... I guess NONE of you has ever ever ever ever ever had a single drink and then gotten in the car with your children? I don't have kids, and I've never had anything to drink when I had kids in my car, BUT... I know MANY MANY MANY responsible, generally law-abiding citizens that have. And if they had had an accident after they had gone to a BBQ in the afternoon and had a beer, or stopped off after work with their kid and had a glass of wine with dinner, then alcohol would've been deemed a "factor".

I have no idea if this was the case or not. Maybe she had one, maybe she had 10. But before you go spouting off at the mouth about it, how about waiting for all the details to come in?

And the fact that she went to church doesn't mean anything either. I know a LOT of bad people who go to church.

Posted by: bikinibottom | May 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Whats really sad, is that the mother was drinking and driving, which is what lots of people do, even if they don't think they're drunk, even after one drink~they should not be driving. The tragedy is that the child is now dead, due to one of these 'likely' factors, that the report talks about. It's always amazing to me how quick people are to sit back and judge another person so harshly,and bitterly, and without mercy. Most of these self rightesous, judgmental people are themselves GUILTY of offenses that, if they had been caught, could be judged just as harshly.
The mother of this dead child, is no doubt writhing in anguish, and grief, with the loss of her child. And there is NOTHING she can do to quell that pain, except to live with a lifetime sentence of self loathing, and guilt. This may bring some of you self rightesous,judgmental critics, a happy moment or two, just knowing that, but remember this.......IT COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN YOU! Because YOU are just as imperfect, and if any of us examined YOUR lives, I'm sure we could find plenty to talk about. Will this mom be prosucuted? Maybe. Will she pay her debt to society? Maybe. Will she forever NEVER forgive herself~~probably never.

Posted by: reni104lorene | May 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@caddyb Yes i understand what you are saying and thank you but i've seen and witnessed the wondrous works of God and how he makes ways out of no way and with that said if God didnt think it was her time she would still be here. Therefore its in his power and plan to call people home.

Posted by: sredfield9 | May 14, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

If someone gets behind the wheel while drunk and their toddler is in the car and then the toddler dies during a car crash that the drunk driver caused - then they deserve the pain and they need to feel that pain and be reminded of that pain every single day while they are alive because they were responsible for the death of a young child who did get a chance to live their life.

Posted by: kjmoyer16 | May 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@sredfield9 - were YOU there? Who are YOU to say that the child was properly restrained? Sorry, but unless this child was an abnormal size, a proper car seat for a two year old child uses a five point harness - if the child is properly strapped in, there is simply no way that the child is going go come out of that seat in a crash. As parents, it is our job to look out for our children, to do the things to protect them that they cannot do themselves, and it appears that in this case, the mother did not live up to this. If the facts of the case later prove otherwise, then we'll all have to live with what we've said here.

Posted by: steve_smith | May 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Where there is no antagonist, you cannot quarrel." - Japanese proverb.

Some folks just love to argue. Just love to fight. Just love to start stuff and piss everyone off to gain some semblance of power and authority. Their attempts to do so by making rude, inflammatory, and predjudiced comments on articles such as this are an outlet for their own self-hate and a means whereby they can gain some faux sense of self-respect. Don't bother debating their skewed perspectives and absurd presumptions.

Posted by: blackman1 | May 14, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

kjmoyer16 you are ignorant, and I must say that I have little tolerance for such narrow, judgmental critisism. It's quite unsettling, and painful. Like I said previously, if YOU were examined how would YOU hold up to the critisism and judgment that people would throw your way. People make mistakes~some are small mistakes, while others are huge, and last a lifetime. Some learn from their mistakes, whil others repeat them. We all pay in many ways, and NO ONE can judge us as Many people make light of their own errors, and hide them, while they condem others.

Posted by: reni104lorene | May 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

@reni104lorene - as you stated in your earlier post, it could easily have been any one of us. So true. Also true is the fact that someone who drives drunk or drives poorly has the chance to extinguish not only their own life, but also the life of anyone else in their vehicle, plus anyone their vehicle might hit. We should all learn from this experience.

Posted by: steve_smith | May 14, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes Steve_smith~~ I've lost several relatives thanks to drunk drivers. I rarely drink, and I never drive after even one single drink. Life is so easily extinguished, and can be lost in a moment, by very simple stupid acts, that could have been avoided. I truely believe that after people go through the grieving and loss process, that they must MOVE ON, from lifes sorrows and pains, and make their lives, worth living. If we don't do this, we'll end up with an emotionally and psychologically crippled society. I wish for healing and forgivness for this family. If she is required to pay a debt to society, so be it, but do it, and move on.

Posted by: reni104lorene | May 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how we believe everything the media says, however, I do to feel that we make the choices to do what we do. God has set a plan for our lives and if we don't follow them, we suffer the consequences that go along with it. I am a firm believer in God and his forgivness, however, if God can forgive, so can we.

You should never drink one thing while kids are in the car, however, sometimes we place our selves in these situations. I pray for the family and this young lady, that God grants her forgiveness and she learns from her mistakes and educate others on this situation. I have learned not to fight with the enemy, "ALL" the time people judge, however, the bible states, "the battle is not yours, it's the Lords". Let God handle this and learn how to step back and let him fight the battle. God bless everyone.

Posted by: angelasamuels | May 14, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I love when people are ignorant to the facts and situations. You personally don't know the mother, the situation, and anything about the accident. You putting your input out on the WWW doesn't erase the face that the baby is lost or that the accident even occurred. Before you speak or type for that matter THINK FOR A CHANGE! Take into consideration the leading factors of oh Idk.. Wet pavement and a twist in the road.

The media is designed to create its own image & draw its own conclusions WHICH IT DUDE! Judging a person for a flaw does not ever change anything it makes you an even worse person. Take this is a lesson learned and not a time to critique her parenting skills because I know for a fact she was doing the best that she could far that baby at ALL TIMES! She made a mistake and that's something she has to deal with now & when she gets to heaven. She also already is making it hard on herself with out your input and you voicing your invalid opinion does NOT help the situation in any way shape of form.

I was taught that if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. Now would be your chance not to say anything at all. There is nothing you can do to personally help the situation so DROP IT and move on b/c it has nothing to do with you.

Posted by: dance4803 | May 20, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

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