DeSoto man sentenced for failing to buckle up child

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - A DeSoto County man has been sentenced to three years in jail for failing to properly buckle up a five-year-old boy who was injured in a wreck in July 2005.

Daniel Eugene Woods pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated assault.

Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin sentenced him to three years with 17 years of post-release supervision and a $1,000 fine.

Assistant District Attorney Allen Couch said Woods was visiting with the boy's family that day when he decided to go to the store. Woods took the child with him, letting the boy ride in the front seat of his car without a seat belt.

Woods collided with another vehicle, left the scene and drove back to the boy's home where he told the mother about the accident and said she should call 9-1-1. He then left the home and was later arrested.

The child treated at a hospital for a head injury and broken bones.

State law requires that the driver, passengers in the front seat and children between the ages of four and eight must wear a seat belt. Children under four must ride in an approved car seat.

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