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20-Year-Old Mother from Dallas Arrested For Street Racing With Unrestrained 1-Year-Old in Car

A 20-year-old woman was charged with child endangerment after police said she was in a street race with a child unrestrained inside the car. 

The woman, Keirra Beaty, lost control of her car early Sunday morning in east Oak Cliff and struck a pole, endangering the life of her 13-month-old son. 

Dallas police responded to a call about a crash that happened at around 1 a.m. on southbound South Central Expressway near East Illinois Avenue. Keirra was speeding and lost control of a Ford Crown Victoria, spinning onto an embankment and hitting two utility poles.

Authorities said the woman was racing another vehicle when she lost control and went off the road when the collision happened.

The 13-month child luckily received no visible injuries after being taken to Children's Medical Center for evaluation. Three other passengers were also in the car. A passenger who was holding the child in the back seat suffered a minor injury. The little boy is now with his father. Keirra was treated for minor injuries to her fingers before being taken to jail.

Court reports state that Beatty was traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour, more than 50 MPH over the speed limit. Beaty originally told police that she was doing 45 mph, but a passenger estimated that Beaty was driving at about 120 mph, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The same passenger also told police that she heard Beaty say, "Hey, I'm gonna catch that car."

The Dallas Police Department released a statement saying that Beatty "knowingly engaged in a street race with another unknown vehicle and failed to properly secure the infant child in a child safety seat."

The young mother was charged with racing on a highway causing bodily injury and child endangerment. She is currently in Dallas County jail and her bond has been set at $2,000.  

Kierra's family members told FOX 4 that it's a miracle that no one was really hurt.

A business owner told news stations that the area is known for street racing. "It’s unfortunate that it took place on the street right here. It’s not an infamous street, you know. It’s not a main street that they hang out on."

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