Mom cited for allowing 3 children to ride unrestrained

A Seymour mother was cited for child endangerment and operating a vehicle without obtaining a license following an accident that injured her four children.

Rosaberta Mendez Garcia, 35, told investigators she was driving south on U.S. 31 near County Road 900S at 3:13 p.m. Monday when she attempted to get a paper towel for one of her children and lost control of the vehicle.

Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies said Garcia over-corrected, and the vehicle left the roadway and rolled into a cornfield, crashing through a fence.

A 10-year-old was treated at Columbus Regional Hospital for a possible broken wrist, deputies said.

One 4-year-old was treated and released, while another 4-year-old was flown by helicopter to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, deputies said.

Another 4-year-old initially was taken by ambulance to Columbus Regional Hospital and later transferred to Riley.

Additional medical conditions of the children — whose names were not released — were not immediately available.

Garcia also was cited for allowing three children in the vehicle to travel without proper child restraints and for not having proof of insurance, deputies said.

A copy of the accident investigation is being forwarded to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s office, deputies said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.