On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Monique Daghra accepted a plea to the lesser charge of Aggravated Neglect of a Child (originally charged with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child). She was sentenced to 10 years of probation and various drug and mental health screenings.
This was case from February 2012 where Daghra placed her 2 year old daughter, Eva Daghra, in the front seat of her car unrestrained. Daghra was later involved in a minor rear-end crash on Fowler Street and two-year old Eva was struck by air bag and later died from internal injuries.
The Fort Myers Police Department would like to remind parents of the importance of properly using child safety seats. For more information on child safety seat events and inspection stations in your area you can visit www.safekids.org.
Original Release below: (Fort Myers, FL: February 22, 2012) - On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:49 a.m. the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of Fowler and Market Streets. The driver of a Cadillac rear-ended a Lincoln. A two year old, Eva Daghra (d.o.b. 6-12-09 of Cape Coral) was in the Cadillac and was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital trauma alert. Police learned the toddler was sitting in a car seat in the front passenger side of the Cadillac. The car seat was not anchored to the car and the toddler was not harnessed in the seat. The airbag also deployed. No one else was injured in the crash. The driver of the Cadillac has been identified as Monique Daghra (d.o.b. 10-6-80 of Cape Coral). The investigation remains ongoing at this time.
The Fort Myers Police Department would like to remind parents of the importance of properly using child safety seats. For more information on child safety seat events and inspection stations in your area you can visit www.safekids.org. In addition, the Fort Myers Police Department has two certified child safety seat technicians who can educate parents on the proper use and installation of car seats. For more information or an appointment call the FMPD main number 239-321-7700.