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Mother charged with DWI in deadly Christmas wreck

Posted January 2, 2016

— The mother of a 7-year-old girl who died in a Christmas night wreck on N.C. Highway 49 in Alamance County has been arrested and charged with her daughter's death.

Stephanie Flinchum, 31, was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse. She was being held at the Alamance County Jail under $250,000 secured bond.

N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Christopher Knox said that while Flinchum's blood tests determining her blood alcohol content have not come back, there was enough evidence to charge her with DWI.

Flinchum was also charged with one count each of careless and reckless driving, driving left of center, failure to maintain lane, speeding and unsafe tires.

On Christmas night, Flinchum was estimated to have been traveling 90 mph in a 50 mph zone when her car ran off the road, struck a ditch and then hit a tree. Flinchum's two children, 8-year-old Kaden Deroiser and 7-year-old Kaylee Deroiser, were in the back seat.

Kaden Deroiser was wearing a seatbelt and Kaylee Deroiser was in a booster seat, but they were both ejected from the vehicle when it crashed. Authorities said that Kaylee Deroiser died on impact, and Kaden Deroiser was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Flinchum, who was wearing a seatbelt, crawled out of the car and was taken to the hospital.


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  • John Malcholm Jan 3, 2016
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    I would be curious what the BAC was. Of course DUI is never good, but there's 0.08 tipsy, there's 0.012 bad, and there's 0.18 evil criminal.

  • Tim Boomhower Jan 3, 2016
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    I can't even imagine drinking and then making the decision to put the grandson in the car to go somewhere. I wouldn't be able to live with myself or face my family again.

  • Derril Salter Jan 2, 2016
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    For whatever reason, she made a major mistake. One that will haunt her to the grave. People who drink and drive think it won't happen to them.

  • Sonja Yagel Jan 2, 2016
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    A mother is supposed to protect her children and real mother's do, but apparently this woman had rather party than be a mother. Poor children.

  • Kirsten Darby Jan 2, 2016
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  • Kirsten Darby Jan 2, 2016
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    Not that there is ever any reason to drink and drive but I am wondering what was so important for her to be driving drunk with her kids in the car? Such disregard for life. I think sterilization and prison and the awareness of what she has done are perfect justice for this woman. I think about her son and hope he knows he is better off without this woman in his life. I pray he will find a home with loving and responsible mom and dad!