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Florida mom charged in crash with injuries

The mom in a car crash that sent her child soaring over a sound wall and into a Pompano Beach backyard will go from a hospital bed to a jail bed, the Florida Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Miraculously, her two children survived with little or no injury in the Friday morning crash along Interstate 95.

The 1 1/2 year old boy, Jacob Mentor, was ejected from the car, flew over an 18-foot wall and landed in a grassy backyard. His sister, Shaniece, 3, remained in the car.

Neither were properly restrained in a child’s seat, and were in the back of the Chevy Cobalt in only seatbelts, FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky said.

The mother, Roseline Jean-Baptiste, 28, of North Miami Beach, was charged with not restraining children, no valid driver’s license, culpable negligence and child neglect as well as several traffic violations, Wysocky said.

Jean-Baptiste remains in North Broward Medical Center along with Jacob. Shaniece was released from the hospital, Wysocky said.

The crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, the FHP said.

Jean-Baptiste swerved to avoid a tire in the road and ended up steering onto the grassy shoulder off the highway, and the car rolled several times before stopping at the 18-foot concrete sound barrier along the interstate, investigators said.

At some point during the rollover, Jacob was ejected from the car and thrown over the wall.

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