Wake County mother charged in crash that killed 6-month-old baby

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A teenage mother is facing charges in connection to the death of a 6-month-old baby.

Authorities say the mother, 19-year-old Alyssa Mattson, was driving at a high speed when she tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. Mattson lost control of the car, skidded off the road and crashed into a pond in Knightdale in Wake County.

She swam to safety, but the 6-month-old baby died in the car seat.

Authorities said eight firefighters were treated for hypothermia after going into the water to assist.

A mugshot of Mattson is not available at this time.



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A mother and baby have been pulled from a car submerged in a North Carolina pond.

Police tell local media outlets a mother and 6-month-old baby had been in the car when it crashed in Knightdale, then went into a pond at around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Both were taken to the hospital, and their conditions weren't immediately known.

Authorities said that eight Knightdale firefighters were treated for hypothermia after entering the water in an attempt to rescue the pair.

Authorities have not said what caused the initial crash.

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