A Mother's Fatal Decision
On October 11, 2009, the second night of her daughter's slumber party weekend, Carmen Huertas took all seven girls with her to a birthday party. Witnesses say the 31-year-old mother started drinking at the party. At the end of the evening, Carmen allegedly piled the girls back into her car and took off. Some of the girls were riding without seat belts.
According to reports, Carmen lost control of the vehicle. It flipped over several times, throwing three girls from the car. Two were seriously injured. Eleven-year-old Leandra Rosado was killed.
Carmen has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated. Tests reveal her blood alcohol level to be 0.132, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08. Carmen has not yet entered a plea.