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A mother driving an SUV in a game of ‘chicken’ strikes, kills 3-year-old son, police say

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It is a matter which is left to authorities in Texas and shake their heads.

Authorities say a Houston woman is behind the wheel of an SUV on June 11, struck and killed her 3-year-old son while apparently the inclusion of the child and his or her siblings in a game of “chicken.”

Harris County prosecutors say surveillance video from a nearby apartment building shows the Lexus Stagg, 26, driving a Lincoln Navigator, back-and-forth as well as her three young children, trying to avoid being hit.

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However, at a given point in time, the 3-year-old has been beaten a lot. He later died at a hospital, according to authorities.

“You have to play Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to try and make the most of a 5,600-pound lethal weapon,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Vehicle Crimes, the Chief is Sean Teare said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“You have to play Peek-A-Boo with a three-year-old instead of forcing him to try and make the most of a 5,600-pound deadly weapon.”

— Sean Teare, vehicles, crimes, chief, Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Added the District Attorney, Kim Ogg: “Cars are not toys, and playing chicken with your children, it is not a game.”

Authorities say Stagg was charged with criminal negligent homicide in connection with the child’s death.

Lexus Stagg, 26, was charged with criminal negligent homicide in connection with the June 11 death of her son, the authorities said. (Houston Police Department)

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The woman told the police that they just do not realize that the child is placed in the path of the vehicle, as Houston’s KHOU-TV reported.

Stagg, was booked into the Harris County jail, but will no longer be held on a Saturday.

It is not clear whether she has an attorney to speak on her behalf.

Stagg’s two other children were sent to stay with a family member, according to KHOU.

If convicted, Stagg, faces 10 years in prison, the Chronicle reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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