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Woman Arrested After Child Ejected from SUV

Crystal Rusaw was charged with leaving the scene of a crash and child neglect.

A New Port Richey police officer contacted a local woman on Monday morning about a crash.

The officer had learned that a green Ford Explorer SUV went off the road at 6827 Congress Ave. before dawn on March 25, struck a tree and flipped over. The airbag deployed, and the vehicle’s front end suffered major damage, according to an arrest report from the New Port Richey Police Department.

The vehicle was unoccupied when the police arrived, and a search with multiple officers and K-9 units failed to find the people who had been inside.

More than two hours later, the officer responded to a call for medical assistance.

Crystal Rusaw, 24, told the officer she had been the driver of the Ford. She said she lost control of the vehicle while talking on a cell phone.

 She said she exited the vehicle and found that the 4-year-old boy she had been carrying in the rear passenger seat had been ejected from the Ford and had landed on the ground.

Instead of waiting for police or paramedics to arrive, Rusaw walked to her mother’s house on Rowan Road, the officer said.

The boy had scratches on his face. He was Bayflighted to a hospital after the call for medical assistance, police say.

The officer noticed Rusaw showed signs of impairment, in his report, and said he found an open bottle of Corona in the vehicle.

Rusaw, of 6600 Atrio Terrace, was arrested Monday and was charged with leaving the scene of a crash and child neglect. She remained in the Land O' Lakes Jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Lori March 30, 2013 at 06:13 AM
The Pasco Sheriff is responsible for child protection team, they are the ones to contact and ask why these children haven't been taken from this lady, and protected from her.Praying the little boy is ok..
Mark March 31, 2013 at 12:27 PM
An why is the bail only $5000.00? Is that all this child's life is worth?
Ann Mongan March 31, 2013 at 01:56 PM
shes out already got out today wow .... wtf what a messed up legal system we have they give more time to jay walkers than child abusers
craig staenglen March 31, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I totally agree with you Sandra, yet the "State" does NOTHING to make sure that any child is safe, and the "State" makes it so dam hard for anyone to help these children with all there restrictions, classes, and monie's, they DON'T care about the children, all they care about is how much money and hassle's they put families thru that actually can, would and will give the child(ren) a good home with love, understanding, and willing to get the child(ren) the help they may need, and the stability that families can give, it really sucks, and it's extremely sad :0( A Loving Mother of Three
NewPortQuad April 01, 2013 at 03:17 AM
With her first charge of leaving her kids alone to have sex, all she got was CPI up her ass and free daycare....now look what happens, WHAT IN THE HELL PASCO??????

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