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Mother charged with willful cruelty for not properly restraining children in car

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 17:48:13-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Bakersfield mother is facing two willful cruelty to a child charges after her children were injured in a crash last year.

Bakersfield Police say Anabel Ocampo did not have her two children -- ages 12 and 3 -- properly restrained while she was driving on the highway.

According to court documents obtained by 23ABC News, Ocampo was driving on the highway around 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2018 when a car heading in the other direction crossed into her lane and hit Ocampo's vehicle head-on.

Investigators say Ocampo's 12-year-old daughter was thrown through the windshield and suffered multiple injuries. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The documents show Ocampo's 3-year-old son was also injured because he was wearing only a lap/shoulder safety belt and not sitting in a properly restrained child safety seat.

In November, the District Attorney's office filed two misdemeanor willful cruelty charges against Ocampo, however, she has not been arrested. Ocampo is also facing a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license.