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Child without seat belt leads to abuse charge for Fayetteville woman

Posted January 5, 2012

— A Fayetteville woman was charged with child abuse after her 4-year-old child was injured during a Wednesday night wreck, police said.

Lisa Michelle Lovell, 41, didn't belt the child into a car seat, and the child suffered minor injuries when the car slammed into a pole on Ramsey Street near Fernwood Drive shortly before 11 p.m., police said.

Lovell was charged with misdemeanor child abuse, failure to secure a child in a vehicle restraint system and possession of marijuana. Police said they also suspect her of driving while impaired but are awaiting the results of a lab report.

Lovell's vehicle crossed two lanes of traffic before hitting the pole, police said.


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  • michaelclay Jan 6, 2012

    ProudBlackSingleMother, she wasn't charged with abuse preemptively, she was charged after the child got hurt. By the way, that is child abuse. She is a driver so she should know the law. If she was driving while impaired, with pot in the and with a child not buckled in and on top of that had an accident that was clearly her fault, she was charged properly.

  • trublondmom715 Jan 6, 2012

    I think more parents should be arrested for not having their children in a car seat or safety belt. I see this all the time and it's very disturbing. Not only is the child in imminent danger but the child becomes a danger to anyone in the car by becoming a moving target, if involved in an accident. I never really stopped to think about that before I had 2 relatives who became first responders on the local Fire Dept. Anything not secured in the vehicle becomes like a catapult and can do serious damage, even kill other passengers. Parents need to remember there is a reason we have laws to keep children in car seats!

  • brmyspots Jan 5, 2012

    Foster care may not be the best choice, but it is far better than a mother like this.dwr1964

    I was orphaned at a very young age and made my way through the foster care system. It's evident you never did. No, it's not better than a mother like this so please don't remark about something you know nothing about.

  • dwr1964 Jan 5, 2012

    Foster care may not be the best choice, but it is far better than a mother like this.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jan 5, 2012

    You can't charge someone with abuse preemptively... attempted abuse, carelessness, yes but no abuse took place.

    These cops need to stop flinging charges hoping one will stick. Disgraceful.

  • tammyschuppert Jan 5, 2012

    wish it didnt happen knowing you and all ...hope the best and your kid is alright ..........

  • Lady Marksman Jan 5, 2012

    "Lovell was charged with...possession of marijuana. Police said they also suspect her of driving while impaired but are awaiting the results of a lab report."

    If a parent is found with illegal drugs or DUI (ESPECIALLY with the child in the car at the time!) the child should automatically be removed from that parents custody!!

    Clearly she cares more about her selfish needs for drugs, booze and whatever other vices she has that she does for her own child! It's beyond sad - it's criminal!!

    It is everyone's responsibility to care for a child that is unable to care for itself. Thankfully, this child was not killed in the accident but what about next time?? Will we all be "sorry for the loss of this child" and "praying for the family"??? Why isn't anything done NOW to prevent this parent from further injuring/harming/killing this child?

  • awood2 Jan 5, 2012

    I see people all the time with their kids not in child car seats or in seatbelts and it just makes me mad! If you care about your kids make sure they are buckled up! This child could have been more seriously injured or even worse! You never know.

  • brmyspots Jan 5, 2012

    Wow. Child seatbelts have been a law for the past....what? 20 years? This is a law. Follow it or face consequences. I know she's not happy about receiving the criminal charge but consider the alternative. She's lucky the kid was seriously injured; or worse.