Charges filed in connection to toddler who fell out of vehicle in Mankato

Charges filed in connection to toddler who fell out of vehicle in Mankato Photo: Chad Mock via Facebook

January 17, 2019 04:11 PM

A 40-year-old Mankato woman has been charged with gross misdemeanor child endangerment, drivers' licenses-instruction permit violations and not fastening a child passenger restraint system in Blue Earth County.

It comes in connection to an incident in which a child fell out of a car Monday in Mankato, spanning a terrifying dashcam clip that has been shared online all over the world.


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Court records show Maimuna Kunow Hassan was charged Thursday.

The toddler was not hurt in the incident, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states Hassan told law enforcement through a translator that the door to the vehicle popped open while she was driving and the car seat rolled out.

It goes on to allege the officer inspecting the car seat found no LATCH strap present to secure the car to the vehicle, though it states the 2004 Honda Civic is LATCH-compatible. The car seat chest straps were also reported to have been undone, and the left door in the backseat was alleged to have been latched, but not fully closed.

It goes on to allege one child seat was secured on the right side of the backseat, but the left side was empty and the seatbelt was not buckled.

According to the complaint, law enforcement also discovered that Hassan did not have a Minnesota driver's license, instead only possessing an instructional permit to operate a vehicle. And that no other adult was inside the vehicle when Hassan was driving.


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