Six kids hurt in alleged drunk driving crash

LANCASTER - A Lancaster mother faces more than a dozen felony charges for injuring six children while allegedly driving drunk.Stanesha Nicole Allen, 31, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to six counts each of child abuse and child restraint law violation, and one count each of DUI causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol causing injury. Six children, ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years, were injured when Allen lost control of her vehicle during the early morning hours of Sept. 25. Authorities said two of the victims are Allen's biological children, while the other four victims are believed to be foster children. All of the children were injured. Two victims - a 2-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl partially ejected from the vehicle - suffered major injuries while the others sustained abrasions and lacerations. Bail for Allen was set at $1.7 million. If convicted as charged, she can receive 19 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 7.

********** Published: September 29, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 24