According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol website and an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today, an 8-year old boy was killed in a car accident yesterday, and the driver of the car- the boy's 31-year old mother- was arrested by police 15 minutes after the crash under suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Involuntary Manslaughter. The crash happened at about 11:58 AM in Franklin County. Apparently the mother also had her 3 daughters, ages 1, 1, and 2, in the car as well, but they weren't injured.
If the mother/driver is charged with DWI and Involuntary Manslaughter, it will be based upon the conclusion that there is no proof the she intended to kill her son. However, if she is found to have been intoxicated before noon and driving her young children around in that condition, she is very likely headed for prison. A wrongful death case may also be pursued by family members on behalf of the boy.