- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a Memphis mother is facing drunken driving and child endangerment charges in a car crash that left her baby severely burned.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Tuesday that 25-year-old Jalieesa Gaines also has been indicted on charges of aggravated assault and reckless driving stemming from an Oct. 18 accident on Interstate 240.

Investigators said Gaines was driving a 2006 Nissan when she struck a median barrier and the car caught fire. Prosecutors say she told investigators she had two alcoholic beverages about an hour before the crash.

Her daughter, who was about 8 months old, suffered severe burns and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Gaines is jailed on $25,000 bond. Online records do not show if Gaines has a lawyer who can comment on her case.


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