Intoxicated father drives 5 children to their watery grave

April 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A 32-year-old Houston man who had been drinking and was talking on a cell phone, veered into a water-filled ditch Saturday, drowning five passengers in the car.

Chanton Jenkins is charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter with a fifth charge likely when the last body is found.

Jenkins was talking to his girlfriend (the mother of two of the victims) on his cell phone when he veered off the road in the 2200 block of Greens Road during a torrential rain storm Saturday.
The car crashed into a tributary about two miles from where it feeds into Greens Bayou, a waterway that begins in northern Harris County.

Jenkins, his adult brother and 10-year-old Jada Barnes managed to scramble out of the vehicle crashed down an embankment and ended up submerged in about 9.5 feet of water.

The bodies of three boys ages 4, 7 and 11 were found in the vehicle. A body thought to be that of a 1-year-old girl was found Sunday, and a search was continuing for the body of a 4-year-old girl.

Officials said Chanton Jenkins failed a field sobriety test at the scene. They did not release the results of a blood test.

Jenkins, the father of reportedly four of the deceased children, has a criminal record in Harris County dating back to 1994. Most recently he was sentenced to 10 months in jail on drug-related charges.


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