Woman playing ‘chicken’ in SUV fatally runs over son, 3
By Nicola Conville
Content Editor / June 24 2019
An alleged game of "chicken" where a woman drove her SUV back and forth while her children ran away ended in tragedy when she drove over her young toddler son.
Lexus Stagg from Houston, Texas, told police she accidentally backed over her son, Lord Renfro, around 7pm on June 11 at her apartment complex.
The 26-year-old mother of three was seen in surveillance footage driving toward her children as they ran toward the front of her car.
Stagg said that she was driving her 2006 Lincoln Navigator in reverse when she hit her son, whom she initially thought was a speed bump, according to prosecutors.
“She was in her car and her children were playing in front of her in the parking lot. She put her car into reverse, and drove at least 100 feet,” said Sean Teare, head prosecutor of vehicular crimes for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
“The three kids followed her, followed the car, at which point, the defendant put her car into drive and drove toward her children as they were running toward her.
"The two older children were able to get out of the way, and tragically, the younger child was not and was run over by two of her tires.”
The three-year-old was hit by the SUV’s right tire and Stagg reportedly didn’t stop so he was hit again by the back tire, which, according to the prosecutors, weighs almost three tons.
“Every parent has an obligation to protect their children, even from themselves,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.
“Cars aren’t toys and playing chicken with your kids isn’t a game.”
Stagg was arrested on Thursday for the June 11 death and faces up to 10 years in prison.