A 2-year-old girl was struck by a car and was injured in Horseshoe Bend after her mother left three small children, ages 2, 1 and 11 months, in a 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis June 12 with the engine running. The child was struck by the vehicle she had exited from.
The child's 1-year-old sibling had climbed from a car seat to the front seat of the vehicle and put the car in gear. The 2-year-old had exited the vehicle when it began to roll and struck the child.
The car then struck a parked 1992 Nissan pickup truck at 1205 North Bend Drive.
Patrolmen Sonny Gerringer and Jim Griffin were dispatched to the scene and discovered that Rachel Bennett, 23, had left her vehicle running while she went inside her home. Police Chief Fred Mitchell said a 13-year-old female was assigned to watch the children.
The child was transported to Fulton County Hospital where she was treated for fractured ribs and abrasions to her head. She was released the following day, Mitchell said.
Bennett's car received around $800 in damage. Estimated damages to the truck totaled $1,500, Mitchell said.
Charges are pending against Bennett.