SANTA CLARITA — A woman and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the death of the woman’s seven-year-old daughter, who fell from a moving vehicle onto the northbound Golden State Freeway, over the weekend, authorities said, Wednesday.
The woman is a resident of Lancaster, as was the girl.
The girl was fatally injured about 3:40 a.m., Saturday, near Weldon Canyon Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Officers went to the scene after receiving a 911 call from a motorist reporting that a vehicle “had struck an unknown stationary object, which was blocking the roadway …,” according to a CHP statement.
“It was determined that the unknown object was a child which had been struck by several vehicles. After initial investigations it was determined the seven- year-old female child fell out of the moving 1999 Lincoln Navigator through ... an open window, and as a result sustained fatal injuries. At this time the circumstances behind how she fell out are under investigation.
“The (girl’s) mother, Veronda Gladney, and the mother’s boyfriend, Michael Branch ... have been arrested for child endangerment,” the CHP reported.
The girl’s name was withheld, pending notification of her next of kin.
According to the CHP, Gladney, 28, of Lancaster, was the driver of the Lincoln and Branch, 39, of Hawthorne, was a passenger, as was the girl, also from Lancaster.
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