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July 31, 2014

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2 mothers face charges after 3 toddlers fall from car

Woman accused of child endangerment, DUI; 1 child critically injured

Mothers Arrested

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Two mothers are facing charges after three toddlers fell from a Chrysler PT Cruiser that had 10 people in it Sunday night in the northeast Las Vegas Valley, Metro Police said.

Nancy Lopez is charged with seven counts of child endangerment, seven counts of having children unrestrained inside the car, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, having an open container in a vehicle and driving after dark without headlights, police said.

Lopez is the mother of a 3-year-old boy who was treated for a cut above his eye at University Medical Center before he was taken into protective custody at Child Haven, police said.

Vanessa Ramirez is charged with seven counts of child endangerment after 1-year-old twins fell out of Lopez's car. The twins are at UMC, where one is in critical condition and the other is being held for observation, police said.

The rest of the children are at Child Haven as the investigation into the incident continues, police said.

Police took Lopez into custody at the scene Sunday night after officers saw one of the children falling out of the car at Owens Avenue and Bruce Street, police said.

Child Protective Services is also investigating this incident.

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